India’s Ministry of Defence has recently greenlit the procurement of 70,000 SIG Sauer SIG 716 rifles for the Indian Army, according to sources reported by India Today.

The weaponry, slated for deployment in counter-terrorism measures and other critical operations, is anticipated to cost approximately 800 crore Indian rupees (equivalent to $96 million).

This significant purchase marks the second time New Delhi has opted for this potent firearm from the United States.

Back in 2019, the country acquired 72,400 rifles chambered in 7.62x51mm under its Buy (Global) initiative, further reinforcing its military capabilities.

The decision to augment infantry firepower comes against the backdrop of ongoing military standoffs with China and the persistent threat of terrorist activities in the region of Jammu and Kashmir.