Defence Ministry signs defence deal with Israel worth 880 Crore

Defence Ministry signs defence deal with Israel worth 880 Crore

Defence Ministry signed defence deal with Israel worth 880 Crore: The Defence Ministry recently announced that it signed a contract with the Israel Weapons Industries(IWI) of finalising the procurement of 16,479 light machine guns (LMGs) worth around Rs 880 crore for Indian Armed Forces.

"The contracted Negev 7.62X51 mm LMG is a combat-proven weapon and currently used by several countries around the globe. This LMG will greatly enhance the lethality and range of a soldier vis-a-vis the presently used weapon," the press release issued by the ministry stated.


Defence Ministry signs defence deal with Israel worth 880 Crore


"The Indian Armed Forces' long-standing requirement of a modern state-of-the-art LMG has finally fructified. The acquisition wing of the Ministry of Defence has signed the capital acquisition contract with IWI for procurement of 16,479 LMGs at a cost of Rs 880 crore with the approval of defence Minister Rajnath Singh," the press release further added.


7.62X51 mm Caliber Light Machine Gun is a combat weapon used by several countries across the globe. It is lethal and will enhance the range of a soldier significantly in comparison to the previous weapons used by the armed forces.

It was first introduced by the IWI IN 2012,  the equipment is still in service with the Israeli Defense forces, and several other military organisations around the world.

The Light Machine Gun (LMG) can be fired in semi-automatic and fully-automatic modes, and can also be utilised to lob grenades. It weighs 7.95 kg without magazines and other accessories. The total length of the LMG is 1100 mm, and its refracted length is 1,030 mm.

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