Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Piracy Alert, Indian Navy Wants Sniper Rifles

With the ever increasing task of combing the Arabian Sea for pirates emboldened enough now to operate bare miles off the coast of India's Lakshadweep islands, the Indian Navy has invited information from rifle-houses for a potential purchase of new sniper rifles "for usage in a predominant maritime environment". It should be noted that this potential purchase is not for the Navy's MARCOS, which already use Dragunov and H&K rifles.

Photo: US Marine Corps soldier with MK-II sniper rifle

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

I am shocked to hear that IN does not have any sniper rifles. What is marcos doing without sniper rifles. how can they target special ops.

What is the use of all the hoopla that we will be superpower...

Anonymous said...

Shiv made sure that these rifles are not for marcos...

chill...:-)))

Parminder Grewal said...

Awesome. Protecting against and eliminating piracy in the Indian ocean will legitimize our claim as the protectors and police of the IOR

Parminder Grewal said...

Awesome. Protecting against and eliminating piracy in the Indian ocean will legitimize our claim as the protectors and police of the IOR

Rajat said...

@Anon(7:34)- First read the whole article. Is is written clealy in the last line that IN MARCOS use Dragunov and H&K rifles.

mathi man said...

Piracy is due to mainly the failed Islamic African states like Somalia, yemen,etc.

These guys are as good as AlQaeda. As a rule, IN releases these people after capturing them. So, now they are laughing ther way to off shores of Lakshwadeep.

Just having the best gun will not secure us unless we also have the will to use it .

The Sniper rifles may need to have RUBBER cartridges,..

Anonymous said...

@anon 7:34,
Arre yaar first understand what the scenario is.
A navy ship does not routinely fight pirates or individuals at close range.The MARCOS complement is limited in number and it cannot be put on every patrolling ship.Besides the MARCOs have their duties in India itself. A sniper rifle available to general crew will be an asset to enable more discrimination in targeting of suspects.A naval ship is not designed for discriminate and close quarter fighting. Remember,INS Delhi made mince meat out of Thai Trawler taken over by pirates with her guns.Unfortunately some Thais were casualties too.Normal MMGs/LMG are also cannot pinpoint a single target and a assault rifle/insas will not have the range or accuracy.Herein lies the rquirement of a sniper to the general complement of the ship for such peculiar circumstances.
@Mathi,
The IN is operating in international waters.There is no law of the old to hang a pirate by the nearest yard -arm .There is little law in failed states.Obviously you cannot just shoot them.I am sure IN takes the best action as warranted by the circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Wait a min. We don't have sniper rifles?!

!Aiming with out arming!