“Much much more than the use of heavier weapons like mortars, light artillery and anti-tank guided missiles alongside the LoC, sniping has a increased demoralising impact, almost akin to a dread psychosis, amid equally commanders and troops,” says a senior Military officer.
So, the Indian Military will “more than avenge” the killing of two of its junior commissioned officers (JCOs) in sniping motion by Pak troops in Jumgund region of Kupwara district of north Kashmir previous Friday. “It will be at a time and area of our picking out, like we have retaliated to this kind of sniping functions in the earlier,” stated a further officer.
But the simple fact also remains that Indian infantry battalions are however producing do with Russian-origin 7.62mm Dragunov semi-automatic sniper rifles, which have a “limited efficient kill range” of 800-metre and a layout vintage of the 1960s. The Army for many yrs has been eager to induct 5,719 new 8.6mm sniper rifles, with an helpful get rid of assortment of 1,200-metre with .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition, from abroad.
This acquisition undertaking, which was last but not least granted “acceptance of necessity” by the Defence Acquisitions Council in February this calendar year at an estimated expense of Rs 982 crore below the “Buy Global” categorisation, is on the other hand continue to at the initial tendering or request for proposal (RFP) phase. It will consider at least 3 to 4 a lot more many years for the actual agreement to be inked right after in depth area trials and business analysis.
“In the absence of Picatinny rails, the Dragunov rifles are also incompatible with various modern day crucial components like magnification and sight methods. Their ammunition is also pretty expensive. There is no concern that a new modular sniper rifle, with domestic creation of its ammo, is urgently needed to greatly enhance our operational success,” stated the senior officer.
“Our sniper system also desires a drastic overhaul. Successful sniping can fully disrupt tactical and logistical functions of a ahead write-up by proscribing mobility of its troops,” he additional.
The Pak army, in distinction, has sharply upgraded equally the training and gear of its snipers. “They have pretty great sniper rifles, together with the Remington modular types from the US. Their snipers are also much much better trained,” claimed yet another officer.