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“GHATAK” 7.62 x 39 mm MAKE IN INDIA ASSAULT RIFLE FOR POLICE FORCES AND MHA UNITS:

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7.62 x 39 mm Assault Rifle (Ghaatak) for MHA Units and Police Forces.

Pune 14 Aug 2017 (PCP NEWS Devendra Jain) : After Changing the Caliber of Assault Rifle from 5.56 x 45 mm, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has ingenuously developed 7.62 x 39 mm Assault Rifle (Ghaatak) for MHA Units and Police Forces, under “Make in India” program.

Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) successfully developed Rifle 5.56 x 45 mm Excalibur in association with Army. The Gun has been tried by the Indian Army and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). RFI has already supplied around 20000 Nos. Excalibur Rifles to various Police Forces. The design of 5.56 x 45 mm Assault Rifle Excalibur is established and proven. However, in August, 2016, Army changed the caliber of the Assault Rifle from 5.56 x 45 mm to 7.62 x 51 mm. As a result of this change of caliber, the indigenous Assault Rifle of 5.56 x 45 mm Caliber could not be inducted in Army.

After elaborate evaluation, State and Central Police Forces have placed order of around 5000 Nos. out of which OFB has already supplied 1230 Nos. The Indian Army and Indian Navy will be evaluating this Ghatak Rifle, which the Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) successfully developed Rifle 5.56 x 45mm Excalibur in association with Army. The Gun has been tried by the Indian Army and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). RFI has already supplied around 20000 Nos, Excalibur Rifles to various Police Forces. The design of 5.56 x 45mm Assault Rifle Excalibur is established and proven.

Line Directorate caters for introduction of new equipment as replacement for equipment which it plans to phase out. Case for declaring an equipment ‘Obsolete’ is taken up by Line Directorate, Army Headquarters (Infantry Directorate, Army Headquarters for Small Arms). No further provisioning for said equipment and spares is done thereafter.

RFI had developed 5.56 x 45 mm INSAS 1C Assault Rifle in the year 2015-16. The Rifle was extensively evaluated by Army and was able to achieve reliability of international standards. PCP/DJ 12 30

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