Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel will soon get American Sig Sauer assault rifles and pistols to carry out anti-militancy operations, officials said.
The Army has already equipped its personnel guarding the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China with state-of-the-art rifles.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police is probably the first in the country to get the modern weapons, they said, adding that the force will be procuring 500 Sig Sauer-716 rifles and 100 Sig Sauer MPX 9mm pistols.
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The special operation group (SoG) and personnel deployed for the security of protected people will be equipped with the weapons, they said.
According to officials, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had recently floated global bids on the government buying portal GeM (Government e-Market) for purchasing the assault weapons.
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The Sig Sauer-716 assault rifle has a more powerful 7.62x51mm cartridge as compared to the 5.56x45mm intermediate cartridge of the INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifles used by police, officials said.
The rifle, which weighs 3.82 kilograms without a magazine, fires at a cyclic rate of 650-850 rounds per minute and can prove to be an effective weapon in anti-militancy operations due to its 500 metres range, they said.
Moreover, the rifles are compact, robust, modern and simple to maintain in field conditions, they added.
Similarly, the SIG MPX 9mm pistol, which weighs 2.94 kilograms without a magazine, fires at a cyclic rate of 850 rounds per minute, they said.
Both weapons are gas-operated, they added. The induction of these assault rifles will help the police operate more effectively in engagements with the militants, they said.
In 2019, India had signed a contract with Sig Sauer for 72,400 assault rifles at a cost of around Rs 700 crore.
In October 2017, the Army began the process to acquire around 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns and nearly 44,600 carbines.