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Oman army all set to use India’s INSAS rifles

HT Correspondent  Kolkata, April 22, 2010
First Published: 23:14 IST(22/4/2010) | Last Updated: 23:15 IST(22/4/2010)

Assault rifle INSAS (Indian Small Arms System), built by the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), will soon be used by the Royal Oman Army.

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The indigenously built rifle was sent to Muscat in March and is currently undergoing trial for the Oman army.

“Oman has informed us that the rifles have successfully passed the trial run. INSAS will, in all likelihood, be the standard assault rifle of the Royal Oman Army,” said an OFB deputy director-rank official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The rifles were subjected to endurance tests for extreme desert temperatures and sandstorms and performed well in both conditions, sources in OFB and Ministry of Defence told Hindustan Times.

Developed in OFB’S Ishapore factory, 45 km north of Kolkata, in 1998, it has three variants — an assault rifle, a light machine gun and a carbine.

India will be supplying the 5.56 mm assault rifle to Oman.

The weapon has been sent as part of the India-Oman comprehensive defence agreement of 2003.

“If a deal is struck with Oman, the quantity and size of the deal will not be made public,” said Major General V.K. Narula, additional director general (public relations) of the Indian Army.

Equipped with 20 or 30-round transparent magazines, the rifle has an effective range of 450 metres. The loaded weapon weighs around four kilograms.

INSAS is currently the standard infantry weapon of the Indian armed forces.

In 1999, it served the army against Pakistan in the Kargil confrontation.


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