New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Ministry of Defence signed Rs 880-crore contract on Thursday for procurement of Light Machine Guns with an Israeli firm.

The Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence has signed the capital acquisition contract with Israel Weapons Industries for procurement of 16,479 light machine guns at a cost of Rs 880 crore with the approval of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The contracted Negev 7.62X51 mm LMG is a combat proven weapon and currently used by several countries around the globe.

This LMG will greatly enhance the lethality and range of a soldier vis-a-vis the presently used weapon.

The provisioning of this operationally urgent and very critically needed weapon will boost the confidence of the frontline troops and provide much-needed combat power to the armed forces, sources said.

–IANS

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