India to Float New Tender for Close Quarter Battle Carbines
18:29 12.10.2016(updated 18:33 12.10.2016)
The Indian Army has a shortage of 16,000 close quarter battle carbines after canceling a six year old tender won by the Israeli Weapon Industry.
New Delhi (Sputnik) – Government officials told Sputnik that India will soon issue a global tender for acquiring close quarter battle carbines for the army.
The new tender is unlikely to include some of the specifications such as visible and invisible laser spot designators, as well as holographic weapon sights which were part of the 2010 tender won by Israeli W I. The Indian army is facing a shortage of 16,000 battle carbines. The government aims to conclude the new deal by the end of year 2017.
Earlier this year, India cancelled a six year old tender for obtaining 44,618 close quarter battle carbines and 33.6 million rounds of ammunition. The bid was won by the Israeli Weapon Industry (IWI) but the Indian Law Ministry did not give a final go ahead for the "single vendor situation" deal. Sputnik reported on August 29 this year about the government's unwillingness to sign deal in a "single vendor situation."
The Law Ministry's opinion was sought by the Defense Ministry as only one firm, IWI passed the trials conducted by the Indian Army. Four other global firms including Italy's Beretta participated in the bid but failed to meet the tough specifications laid down by the Indian Army. This led to a "single vendor situation" which attracted the attention of competitors who suspected foul play.
Carbines are rifles with short-range barrels and are suitable for close quarter combat. Frustrated due to delays in signing of the deal even after passing the trial way back in 2014, IWI has threatened that it may have to rethink its investments in India.
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