Defense News: India is exporting sniper rifles for the first time, this defense deal is increasing the tension of China and Pakistan!

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Bangalore's weapon manufacturing company SSS Defence has received a big order from a friendly country. It has to supply .338 Lapua Magnum caliber sniper rifles to this country. According to sources, this is the first time that India is exporting sniper rifles to a foreign country. This defense deal will further increase the tension of China and Pakistan. Actually, India is rapidly manufacturing dangerous weapons within the country under 'Make in India'. India has become much more self-reliant and powerful in the defense sector than before. According to The Print report, this sniper rifle has been completely designed and made in India, including the barrel. The interesting thing is that not only the rifle, but this private company has also received a contract to supply ammunition worth about US $ 50 million from many friendly countries.

Private companies are looking for customers themselves

According to defense sources, while private companies are also finding customers themselves, the Government of India is helping them by giving fast approvals and passing on foreign demands to these companies. India's annual defense production is set to reach a record high in 2023-24, which is around Rs 1.27 lakh crore. The 'Make in India' program is touching new heights. According to sources, 'India is now manufacturing and exporting a large amount of equipment from guns to missile systems and small arms. India was an importer of these systems till now, but now we have started exporting them.'

Talks with friendly countries regarding export

Sources said SSS Defence has already completed the export of sniper rifles meant for target shooting at 1500 metres or more and talks are on with some other countries as well. Delegations from these friendly countries have visited the company's manufacturing and testing centre in Bengaluru and talks are on. There is a huge potential for export of this sniper rifle as at least 30 countries use the .338 Lapua Magnum sniper and more than a dozen manufacturers make a variety of rifles in this caliber.

Which rifle does the Indian Army need?

Although India has started exporting sniper rifles, the Indian Army has been looking for such rifles for its needs for many years. In 2019, the Army's Northern Command purchased a limited number of .50 caliber M95 Barrett and .338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT Beretta. But, testing of a larger order of 4,500 sniper rifles has still not started despite the Army placing a bid more than a year and a half ago. Sources say the Russia-Ukraine war has affected the supply chains of many countries and India is trying to fill this gap.


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