Indian Army Wants Another 72,000 American-Made SIG 716 Rifles
By Chris Eger
Indian troops have been fielding new SIG 716 rifles over the past several months, replacing troublesome INSAS 5.56mm rifles with frontline troops tasked with counter-terror missions. (Photo: Indian Army)
Just a year after ordering more than 72,000 New Hampshire-made Sig Sauer rifles, the Indian Army wants to double down as the country faces off with China.
The original tender for SIG 716 model rifles in 7.62 NATO was announced last year and the guns have already been trickling into the country, seeing use with the Indian Army’s Northern Command, reports Asian News International. The initial impression must have been good because the military wants another batch of rifles, pronto, intending to fast-track the next installment.
“We are going to place an order for 72,000 more of these rifles under the financial powers granted to the armed forces,” Defence sources told ANI.
As previously detailed by Guns.com, the SIG 716 is a short-stroke pushrod gas action 7.62mm autoloader that accepts SR25 pattern magazines and uses a four-position gas regulator. Sig Sauer currently makes the rifle in a number of Patrol, DMR, and TREAD variants using a free-floating aluminum handguard with Key-Mod or M-LOK attachments and a top-mounted M1913 Mil-Std rail. The Indian Army contract models