Russia offers Dragunov sniper rifle upgrade, demonstration to army next month


is providing the Indian Army a complete improve of the Dragunov sniper rifle in service with virtually all frontline battalions, with a demonstration deliberate next month to showcase improved accuracy and ease of use of the modified weapons.
First procured within the Nineties, the Indian Dragunovs have slowly fallen behind up to date sniper rifles which have improved sights and mounts that haven’t solely elevated accuracy but additionally the strike vary to over 1 km.
The improve pack, shows for which have already been given to the Indian Army, is being provided as a low price different to buying a lot of new snipers for frontline troops. India has introduced small portions of sniper rifles from Israel and the US however the Dragunov nonetheless stays its mainstream lengthy vary infantry weapon.
“The Kalashnikov SAG SVD Dragunov Free-float Chassis is one-pack upgrade set which will gives it Optics, Bipods, mounting platform and a long free-float fore-end at the same time,” Valentin Vlasenko, Civilian Small Arms R&D Head of Kalashnikov informed ET. Russian officers stated that for the price of buying one new sniper rifle of the category, India can simply improve 4 of its Dragunovs for future service. “The upgrade drastically improves the adjustability of the shooter to the target and makes it comfortable even for troops that are not highly trained,” Vlasenko stated, including that buying new sniper rifles would even have the extra burden of coaching troops from scratch. The Russian firm stated that solely it has the rights to certify upgrades to the Indian Dragunovs and its provide consists of coaching of troops and workshop personnel to perform work on the unit degree itself. “The upgrade can be done at field level workshops and only simple tools are needed for it. A trained person can undertake the entire upgrade is about an hour,” he stated.
Presentation to the Indian Army have been made in May after it expressed curiosity within the upgrade, with the primary on subject demonstration set to happen in July. Officials stated that in case of an settlement, the improve might even have a Make in India element and manufacturing strains may very well be arrange at present factories in India to manufacture the improve kits.