Modernisation of Kashmir Police Force
The Jammu & Kashmir police force is going to become the first police force in India, to possess modern American weaponry.
- Government has decided to equip the police force in Jammu & Kashmir with Sig Sauer MPX 9mm American pistols and American Sig Sauer rifles, in order to modernise it.
- Jammu and Kashmir Police recently invited global bids for arms procurement on the GeM (Government e-Market) portal.
- Police force will get 500 ‘Sig Sauer 716 rifles’ and 100 ‘Sig Sauer MPX 9mm pistols’ for special operations groups (SOGs).
Significance of the import
Import of the modern pistols will make Jammu Kashmir police more aggressive against terrorism. The new weaponry will also help the police to face any tough situation such room intervention of any building, where terrorists hide as well as during long-range attacks on terrorists.
Sig Sauer-716 assault rifle
The 7.62x51mm cartridges of Sig Sauer-716 assault rifle is more powerful as compared to 5.56x45mm intermediate cartridges of Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles used by the police currently. The rifle can fire 650-850 bullets per minutes, without a magazine. It can prove to be an effective weapon in counter-insurgency operations because of its range of 500 meters. The weapon is gas powered.
SIG MPX 9mm pistol
The 2.94 kg SIG MPX 9mm pistol can fire 850 bullets in a minute, without the magazine. It is a gas-powered pistol.
Lightweight bulletproof Jackets
Jammu Kashmir police has already been equipped with new latest lightweight bulletproof jackets as well as bulletproof vehicles for fighting terrorism in the union territory.
India had signed a contact with Sig Sauer in 2019, for 72400 Assault Rifles, at the cost of around Rs 700 crore.
Assault rifle is a selective fire rifle, which uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. Assault rifles were first put into mass production during World War II. By the end of the 20th century, assault rifles became the standard weapon and replaced full-powered rifles. Some of the successful assault rifles are AK-47, Heckler & Koch G36, M16 and IMI Galil.
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