As we all know, due to tensions between India and Pakistan last year, the Indian army was anxious to get angry, and urgently announced the tender for a batch of large-caliber, high-precision sniper rifles. ), as soon as this news was released, it immediately attracted more than 20 manufacturers worldwide.
Among them, there are some world-renowned firearms manufacturers, such as in addition to Russia Dragunov, there are also Western Sweden Sieg-Sauer, Italy Victorix and the United States Barrett and other big-name companies. Objectively speaking, they are all for this order with a unit price of up to 25,000 US dollars.
However, although India is willing to spend money on arms purchases, it is also one of the countries with the highest rate of procrastination and breach of contract. For example, South Korea’s minesweeping team has negotiated with India for 5 years. The ship, the Spike missiles that had been negotiated with Israel for 8 years, and Lockheed’s orders for 100 F-16 fighters were eventually cancelled by the Indian side for various strange reasons. To put it bluntly, India’s credibility in arms purchases is really bad. Well, if it weren’t for spending money, no arms dealer would really be willing to deal with India. However, it’s difficult to change its nature. India’s arms purchase problem eventually extends to the sniper rifle procurement process.
According to reports from the Indian media, the Indian Army had already finalized two sniper rifles, the medium and large caliber produced by the Italian Victorix Company and the large caliber produced by Barrett in the United States. Sniper rifles, they meet the requirements of the Indian side in terms of accuracy, caliber and price.
It is reasonable to sign the order directly, but later, the Indian side did not know what happened, and added it to the purchase terms. A strange clause requires the two companies to build an ammunition production line in India to produce ammunition for the imported sniper rifle. Not only is it strange, but it is too extreme!
In other words, if this is an ordinary standard firearm, it can be considered. After all, the quantity is large and the caliber is uniform, and there is a lot of demand for ammunition in the later period. It is not a bad idea for the manufacturer to build an ammunition production line for it. What are you buying? It is a large-caliber, high-precision sniper rifle. Not only is the quantity small, but there are also at least two ammunition of different calibers.
Don’t say there are several sniper rifle manufacturers. At the same time, it has the ability to produce ammunition. Even if it can produce ammunition by itself, there is no need for people to invest in the construction of a special ammunition production line for India for the US$150 million.
What's more, the order for 6000 sniper rifles in this area was also distributed to two companies. In other words, the Italian company Victorix wants to produce 12.7 mm caliber ammunition for 3000 sniper rifles;
Barrett of the United States needs to produce 14.5mm caliber ammunition for the remaining 3,000. Such conditions and requirements, not to mention that small companies such as Italy Victorix will not do it. Even Barrett of the United States may not do it. Unable to meet. Then again, India knows that this requirement is excessive and unfulfilled, why does it make it difficult for the more than 20 firearms manufacturers participating in the bidding?
On the surface, India is taking precautions. It is worried that due to the low domestic ammunition production technology, it cannot meet the supply of ammunition for the later high-end sniper rifles, so it will put forward such excessive requirements. But in fact, it is the Indian side. The old problems of procrastination and breach of contract have been committed again. Last year, because of the urgent situation, the Indian Ministry of Defense issued the tender information in a hurry. However, after the situation calmed down, it felt that the matter was not so urgent. I want to withdraw the order, but more than 20 manufacturers have already come. What should I do? In the end, they can only make such excessive demands and let them retreat!