India to buy guns worth $553 mn for border troops


Chakan-da-Bagh, India – Sept. 30, 2015: An Indian Army soldier patrols on the fence near the India-Pakistan LOC in Chakan-da-Bagh area near Poonch, India, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (Photo by Gurinder Osan/ Hindustan Times)

India will buy more than 160,000 guns worth $553 million for troops on its disputed, high-altitude borders, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for 35 billion rupees ($553 million) in a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The weapons will be bought to “enable the defence forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the…



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