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Private units voice concern over imports of small arms

21st July, 2020 Security


  • Domestic small arms manufacturers have expressed concern over continuing imports.
  • Recently, Army took a decision to order another 72,400 assault rifles from Sig Sauer of the U.S.

Industries comment:

  • Can now make small arms with over 50% indigenous content
  • Can match the price and timelines.
  • Asking to give domestic companies the same level playing field as foreign companies.

Official Comment:

  • Indian companies are not considered for deals through Fast Track Procurement (FTP), which is limited to foreign vendors currently.
  • Indian Industry case can also be taken up as suo moto case under the procurement process.


  • In the last few years, many private players have set up companies or invested in production facility to make the small arms.
  • They have tied up with the foreign firms to support the Make in India.

Reference: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/private-units-voice-concern-over-imports-of-small-arms/article32131181.ece