Rajnath Singh hands over F-INSAS “Made in India” with AK-203 assault rifles to Indian Army

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also handed over the latest Nipun anti-personnel mine, Indian-made infantry fighting vehicles and a locally-made drone system to the Indian army.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh hands over ‘Made in India’ F-INSAS with AK-203 assault rifles to the Indian Army. ANI

New Delhi: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh on Tuesday handed over the latest Nipun Anti-Personnel Mine and Futuristic Infantry Soldier As System (F-INSAS) to Indian Army in the presence of Army Chief General Manoj Pande and Lt Gen Harpal Singh. Both systems were manufactured locally by Indian companies.

The Minister of Defense also handed over the Made in India Infantry Fighting Vehicles to troops deployed in forward areas.

The Indian Army has also received a locally made drone system for troops to keep tabs on enemy troops in forward areas along the LAC.

The Futuristic Infantry Soldier as a System, or F-INSAS, soldiers received the AK-203 assault rifles. The F-INSAD is expected to be manufactured in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, under a joint venture between Indian and Russian entities.

Rajnath Singh hands over Indian made FINSAS with AK203 assault rifles to Indian Army WATCH

During today’s ceremony, Army soldier F-INSAS briefed Rajnath Singh on his new weapon systems and aids, including the AK-203 assault rifle.

A news agency report ANI said that around 7 lakh of these Nipun anti-personnel mines would be supplied to the Indian private sector industry manufactured force.

Rajnath Singh hands over Indian made FINSAS with AK203 assault rifles to Indian Army WATCH

The Indian Army on Tuesday presented the capability of the Landing Craft Assault deployed in Pangong Lake by force along the LAC with China to Rajnath Singh. The boats can carry 35 soldiers at a time and can reach any area of ​​the lake in a very short time.

The boats are maintained by the Indian Army Corps of Engineers and were handed over to the army by the Minister of Defence.

The Union Minister also handed over a 1 MW solar power project at the Partapur military base near the Siachen Glacier in Ladakh.

The power plant built by the Corps of Engineers will help meet the energy needs of the force saving dependence on diesel.

Addressing the event, Rajnath Singh said, “Keeping in mind the new circumstances and needs of engineering departments, the new hosting scales are being introduced. Various portals and applications are being launched that will enable the Military Engineering Services (MES) to carry out their activities in a more disciplined, efficient and transparent manner.”

“Nine indigenous equipment is handed over to the army. Under the Digital India initiative, about 200 e-videos have been launched by the MES,” the minister added.

Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, Indian Army Chief Engineer, who also addressed the event, said various decisions were taken by the central government to promote Make in India in the field of defense.

“Various policy decisions have been taken by the Indian government to help promote the indigenization of weapon systems for the armed forces. Many new equipment introduced by the army in this direction, including mines, personal weapons and infantry fighting vehicles,” he added.

He also assured that the Indian army is ready to face any threat, be it from the western desert or high altitude sites in the Ladakh sector.

With contributions from agencies

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