The fresh sniper rifles, Beretta’s .338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT and Barrett’s .50-calibre M95 weapons, which include an efficient atomize differ from 1,500 to 1,800 metres, are being purchased under the Northern Navy Teach chief’s emergency monetary powers. “The rifles must aloof arrive soon,” said an officer.
The greater “capital procurement” of 5,719 fresh eight.6mm sniper rifles to equip the total 382 infantry battalions within the over 12-lakh stable Navy – each unit is authorized 10 sniper rifles – will on the opposite hand salvage one other couple of years.
Sniping is posing a chief operational anguish for Indian troops along the 778-km long LoC, with Pakistan Navy squaddies geared up with contemporary Remington modular sniper rifles as wisely as better coaching, as became reported earlier by TOI.
Indian infantry squaddies, in contrast, are saddled with Russian-initiating build 7.62mm Dragunov semi-automatic sniper rifles, which include a “cramped” atomize differ of 800-metre and a plan classic of the Sixties. Within the absence of Picatinny rails, the Dragunov rifles are also incompatible with several contemporary crucial accessories esteem magnification and peep systems.
The Navy’s Para-Special Forces objects, already geared up with developed sniper rifles esteem Israeli Galil rifles, are surely also getting some long-differ Finnish Sako sniper rifles, which include a atomize differ of round 2,400-metre.
But it surely’s the infantry squaddies deployed along the LoC who desperately want fresh weapons, ranging from assault and sniper rifles to finish-combat carbines and light machine weapons.
Unheard of greater than the utilization of heavier weapons esteem mortars, light artillery and anti-tank guided missiles, efficient sniper operations include a greater demoralizing invent on rival troops within the persevering with hostilities and ceasefire violations along the LoC.