Defence News: India’s Punj Lloyd and its joint venture partner Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) will start manufacturing the IWI TAVOR Assault rifles in their brand new plant. More specifically the 5.56x45mm Tavor assault rifles that can fire up to 950 rounds per minute, and X-95 short weapon with a long barrel, three-caliber weapon having 360° Picatinny rail.
TAVOR Info and image from: IWI
Apart from assault rifles, the joint venture will also manufacture semi-automatic Negev (5.56X45mm and 7.62X51mm) assault light machine gun and 7.62x51mm semi-automatic Galil sniper rifles. The Galil sniper fires up to 1,000 meters, targeting small, mobile or concealed objectives. Punj Lloyd has its eye on the Indian Army’s plan to purchase 185,000 assault rifles with telescopic sights. It also plans to export them back to Israel or any foreign customer allowed by India and Israel.
As per IWI: The new Tavor® X95 is the next generation bullpup from IWI US, Inc. Upgrades and enhancements from the original TAVOR SAR include a new fire control pack with a 5-6 lb. trigger pull, re positioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR-15 location, a forearm with Pica-tinny rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with removable rail covers, relocation of the charging handle closer to your center mass, a modular Tavor style pistol grip that can be swapped out to a standard pistol grip with traditional trigger guard and a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.
“The small arms plant will be manufacturing the carbine, assault rifle, sniper rifle and light machine gun … and PLR became fully operational on 4 May 2017 itself,” said Ashok Wadhawan, the president of manufacturing at Punj Lloyd. “We are targeting the supply of carbine, assault rifle, sniper rifle and light machine gun for armed forces, paramilitary forces and state police. We are also going to be targeting the requirement of sights for the weapon systems, which is vital for the accuracy of the weapons,” he added.
Indian Army last year floated a global request for information to purchase a assault rifles with that specification in order to replace its existing 5.56mm INSAS (Indian small arms system) rifles. India has an immediate requirement for 66,000 assault rifles, with a total requirement is 250,000. Expected in the next two months in a tender valued at $1 billion for the assault rifles, said an Indian Army official. The earlier 2011 global tender for 66,000 7.62mm assault rifles was canceled last year
The Higher caliber 8.6mm bullets compared to the 7.62mm ammunition currently in use will help the Army meet it’s objectives with more precision. The INSAS System introduced into service in the mid-1990s and is overdue for replacement. We make most of the weapons with foreign license and indegineous efforts have not yielded expected results in many areas. INSAS was meant to injure the enemy to create battlefield burdens on them. Now the Army follows the philosophy of killing and not injuring. These Rifles are the way to go for such and end.