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For the third time, Army begins procurement of CQB carbines for counter-insurgency operations

The Army on Thursday began the process of procuring 4.25 lakh 5.56X45mm Close-Quarter Battle (CQB) carbines and over 47,000 Bulletproof Jackets (BPJs) for soldiers after their purchase was approved by the Defense Ministry in July.

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had approved the Approval of Requirement (AoN) for procuring CQB carbines and BPJs, among other military equipment and weapons, to promote Atmanirbharta (self-reliance) in defence. The total for this was Rs 28,000 crore. and combat capability of army soldiers on the northern and western frontiers.

The AON is the first step in the long and complex defense procurement process.

In two separate Requests for Information (RFIs) published by the Army, it sought to purchase CQB carbines and BPJs. While the first will be procured entirely from Indian vendors, the latter will be procured through the Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) route and should contain 60 per cent indigenous ingredients.

According to the Defense Ministry, the purchases will be important as they will provide enhanced protection to troops deployed along the Line of Control from enemy snipers, and sharpen their fighting edge in close combat operations in counter-terrorism scenarios.

CQB Carbine

The new CQB carbine will replace the 9mm British Stirling 1A1 submachine gun currently in use by the military.

The force said the new weapons should have a range of at least 200 meters and go with in-service Indian 5.56X45mm ammunition. Other technical parameters suggested include a service life of 15 years or 15,000 rounds, a weight of approximately 3 kg, and a removable vertical forehand grip.

This is the third attempt by the Army to procure CQB carbine. The force was looking to procure these since 2008 and had started the process of procuring them twice before that. However, both times the processes had to be canceled—once because of a lack of enough vendors and the other time because of complaints about the lowest bidder firm.

bulletproof vest for soldiers

The Defense Acquisition Council had permitted AON to procure bulletproof jackets with Indian Standard BIS VI level protection.

The Army has sought information from vendors about procuring 47,627 BPJs that will provide protection from 10 meters to 7.62X54R API bullets for the front panel and 7.62X39mm mild steel core for the rest of the panels and 7.62X51mm from 10 meters.

It added that a medium-sized BPJ should weigh around 11 kg, be comfortable to wear especially during prolonged operation, should not impede movement, be water and flame resistant, military camouflage Should have pattern, and provide 360-. degree security to soldiers.

The Army’s RFI said they should be able to operate in temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius and 45 degrees Celsius and have a service life of at least five years.

Last year, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) had developed a lightweight BPJ that weighed just 9 kg.

In August, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh handed over the indigenously developed Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS), along with other equipment and systems, to the Army, which is equipped with three primary sub-systems – one of the security system. Which has a specially designed helmet and BPJ.

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