Brando wrote:Optical sights for an AK ?? That sounds pretty bizarre. The AK is not meant to be a precision weapon. Adding an optical sight isnt going to make any difference towards accuracy at all.AmitR wrote:Rashtriya Rifles For Optical Sights On AK-47s
Not really. Plenty of sights are made for close-combat, and the requirement may be for such sights. For example, consider the red-dot sights made for modern shotguns - shotguns surely have way less range than an AK, but tactical scenarios exist where such sights can be very useful.
Brando wrote:I think Indian soldiers should use more foreign weapons in greater numbers, if just to understand how good their weapons are. Even the US uses German and Belgian rifles in large numbers. Its best to get out the INSAS rut as soon as possible and get foreign companies to manufacture rifles in India for the Indian Army's needs. That would satisfy the Indian Army, which wants decent rifles and those who are averse to Western produced defense equipment.
Evaluation units do it all the time. Domestic license production was seriously considered with the most innovative developments of 1980s - Steyr AUG, HK53, FN FNC and an East German prototype. Various pros and cons were identified with each, and ultimately DRDO suggested they could come up with a design incorporating pros of all those - result the INSAS family. The INSAS is still a pretty good design in theory. If produced with proper materials, some adjustments to ergonomics and solid quality control it will be a very good weapon as well. In fact, I has a "Doh!" moment a few hours after I posted my response to Bheem - a well made INSAS with some cosmetic changes to the furniture will actually be a Sig 556!