nachiket wrote:I am not certain what exactly these carbines are for. If they are just meant for officers in Armored or Artillery units as a personal sidearm, then we would probably need fewer of them than what we were looking for. If they are meant for Infantry officers, it makes very little sense to a layman like me.
The total requirement for Carbines is not small. It is 3.5 Lakh units.
I hate making predictions but sometimes the future is shining ahead while we're blinded by the habits of the past.
I made a comment on Bharat Rakshak that the tank and ICV/APC is obsolete and replaced by the Attack Helicopter and the 5.5 ton Utility Helicopter. Reasons being -
1. The tank & ICV needs roads and tunnels in Ladakh while the Attack and Utility Helicopter can just fly over
2. The tank & ICV can be deployed in limited areas like Depsang Plains and Spanggur Gap while the Attack and Utility Helicopter can just fly to every ridge - whether Bana Post in West or Galwan Valley in East within a short span of time.
3. Unlike the days taken by a truck or ICV to move 10 troops, a ALH can move 10 chaps to Sonam/Amar or to DBO in hours.
Similarly my next prediction is that the rifle is obsolete. Both 7.62 x 51 and 5.56 x 45.
Here is the reason why I believe so
For both 7.62 and 5.56, the dispersion is too high and groupings not close in burst mode and full auto mode. The recoil disturbs the aim. For semi auto and bolt action, accuracy is possible.
Unless groupings are close, outcomes are not possible to achieve. A near miss bullet just whizzes past and causes no harm at all.
To improve outcomes, instead of a magazine of 20 7.62 x 51 mm bullets with not-so-close groupings, take a 40 mm or 84 mm shell with a blast radius sufficient to make close groupings irrelevant.
Also, a shell is cheaper than a 20 rounds of bullets and expensive brass cartridges. We collect brass in pouches to recycle during training.
So practically we see in the field IA sections use Carl Gustaf RCL for long range action as well as the Multi Grenade Launchers.
In every Indian Army platoon or section photo, you will find Carl Gustaf RCL or 40 mm Multi Grenade Launchers. There are so many photos on this thread itself.
These weapons require lots of additional rounds, so other soldiers will need to carry them. Carrying them in addition to 7.62 x 51 or 5.56 x 45 rifle + magazines will be too heavy.
And since these weapons help achieve more and better outcomes than any rifle, its best for a section or platoon to be equipped with more of them. And instead of rifles, carry a lighter and easier to maintain AK-47 when the enemy is too close.
This is reality' on the field.
So dump the rifle and get Carl Gustaf/MGL + more ammo + AK for close in work.
This works across airborne/para, mechanized, infantry, artillery, support troops, navy & coast guard, air force garuds, bsf, itbp, crpf...
Having said this, adjusting to the new reality will require dumping 300 years of history and habits.