Thursday, 25 May 2017

OFB develops new Weapon for Indian Army.

Indian Army Assault Rifle
Responding to army's call to get a new high caliber assault rifle, the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has developed a weapon on a fast track basis. In the normal course, it takes around a year at least to come up with a new weapon. But the assault rifle was ready in six months. The rifle of 7.62x52 caliber operates on the rotating bolt model, same as the legendary AK-47. However, the OFB gun has a higher caliber compared to AK-47 which is a 7.62x39 rifle.

The guns will be manufactured at Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) in West Bengal, said director general of OFB S C Bajpai. He was in the city to address the valedictory function of Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS) officers at the National Academy of Defence Production (NADP).

Bajpai said an internal trial of the weapon would be held next month. Thereafter, in May, the rifle would be offered to the project evaluation committee that has members of the army too. The user trials by the army are expected this year itself.

Bajpai said in the initial stage it was found the gun had a higher recoil which hampered the comfort of the user. A buffer has been developed through DRDO to bring down the recoil, he said.

INSAS, which was used in the Kargil war, is being replaced and the army wants rifles of 7.62 calibers which have a higher lethality. The 5.56 mm bullet used in INSAS generally does not kill the enemy, instead, leaves them injured. The theory is wounding the enemy is more effective in a war as it takes several other soldiers to evacuate the injured, thus reducing the enemy strength. However, in counter-insurgency and anti-terror operations, the army prefers a bullet that kills, said an ordnance factory source.

The theory is wounding the enemy is more effective in a war as it takes several other soldiers to evacuate the injured, thus reducing the enemy strength. However, in counter-insurgency and anti-terror operations, the army prefers a bullet that kills, said an ordnance factory source.

This is the second assault rifle developed by the ordnance factory. The 7.62×39 caliber Ghatak is used by the paramilitary forces. Ordnance Factory Trichi has also independently developed an assault rifle of the same caliber. Trichi rifle works on tilting bolt model which is different from AK-47.





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