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SIG SAUER Inc. contracted with the government of India, Ministry of Defense to build and deliver 72,400 SIG716 rifles for its frontline infantry soldiers.
The Indian Army, the second largest standing army in the world with more than 1.2 million active troops, is currently undergoing a comprehensive firearms procurement process to advance the capabilities of its infantrymen.
“This is the first large firearms procurement of the Indian government in decades, and the explicit mission for this tender was to modernize the infantry troopers of the Indian Army with the best rifle available,” said Ron Cohen, president and CEO of SIG SAUER Inc.
The SIG716 is an enhanced AR platform featuring a 16-inch barrel, M-LOK handguard and a six-position telescoping stock. SIG SAUER will build the SIG716 rifles for the Indian Army in New Hampshire.
“The global importance of this contract for SIG SAUER is far-reaching based on the size, location and economic strength of India in the global market. We are looking forward to developing a strong partnership with India’s Ministry of Defense,” Cohen added.
Additionally, SIG SAUER announced the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department has adopted the SIG Virtus Rifle as part of its standard-issue equipment for uniformed officers, detectives, watch commanders and sergeants. The Orlando PD is comprised of over 700 sworn officers protecting over 275,000 citizens in the City of Orlando.
“SIG’s strong partnership with the Orlando Police Department began with their adoption of the SIG P226, and has now extended to the SIG Virtus rifle. The Virtus is a significant upgrade to their existing platform, bringing the latest in rifle technology to enhance their capabilities, improve accuracy and allow them to become more effective and expeditious in their response,” said Tom Jankiewicz, SIG SAUER’s EVP, law enforcement sales.
The SIG Virtus is a modular rifle engineered for the demands of special operations forces. The rifle features a free-float M-LOK handguard, ambidextrous AR-style controls and a telescoping or folding stock. It can be easily suppressed. Visit www.sigsauer.com
But The Shooting Industry Magazine - May 10, 2019