The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed combat preparedness at the headquarters of the Indian Army’s 33 Corps in Sukna, Darjeeling, West Bengal . Accompanied by Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also visited the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim to boost the morale of troops on Dussehra.

The Defence Minister performed the ‘shastra pooja’ (arms worship) at Sherathang area along the India-China border on Sunday morning (25 October). The Defense minister tweeted three photographs of the Shastra Pooja ceremony, lets attempt to decode weapons in the background.

Photograph 1:

From the left the weapons are:

  1. IWI Galatz DMR – The 7.62mm Galil DMR (aka: Galil Tzalafim or “Galatz”) is a derivative of the ARM that is used in conjunction with high-quality 7.62×51mm NATO ammunition for consistent accuracy.
  2. The weapon was modified with a two-stage trigger mechanism with an adjustable pull force, a wooden buttstock that folds to the right side of the weapon and a heavy-duty bipod, mounted to the forward base of the receiver housing that folds beneath the handguard when not in use.
  3. The buttstock is fully adjustable in length and height and features a variable-height cheek riser. The rifle comes with mechanical iron sights and an adapter used to mount a telescopic day sight (Nimrod 6×40) or a night sight.
  4. The precision rifle is a semi-automatic-only rifle with a similar operating system to other Galil variants but optimized for accuracy. The rifle is fed from a proprietary 25-round box magazine.
  5. It uses a heavy-profile match barrel that is heavier than that used on other variants. It is fitted with a multi-functional muzzle device, which acts as both a flash suppressor and a muzzle brake. It can be replaced with a sound suppressor, which requires the use of subsonic ammunition for maximum effectiveness.
  6. Carl Gustaf M4 : The Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle is an 84-mm man-portable reusable anti-tank weapon produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics (formerly Bofors Anti-Armour AB) in Sweden.
    • Introduced in 1946, it was one of the many recoilless rifle designs of that era. While similar weapons have generally disappeared from service, the Carl Gustaf is still being made and remains in widespread use today.
    • The Carl Gustaf is a lightweight, low-cost weapon that uses a wide range of ammunition, which makes it extremely flexible and suitable for a wide variety of roles.
    • The version At AUSA 2014, Saab Dynamics displayed its new Carl Gustaf M4 variant. Compared to the M3 MAAWS, the M4 is 3.4 kg (7.5 lb) lighter, weighing 6.6 kg (15 lb), and shorter with a 950 mm (37 in) overall length. The shorter length was in response to the need to wield the weapon in urban terrain, and weight savings were achieved through using lighter components whenever possible including a carbon fiber tube with titanium liner, as well as a new venturi design.
    • The IWI Tavor-21 is an Israeli bullpup assault rifle chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO caliber with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode and fully automatic fire mode.
    • The GTAR-21 has a notched barrel, to accept an M203 40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher.
    • The ITL MARS (Multi-purpose Aiming Reflex Sight) is a gun sight that combines two sighting devices, a reflex sight and a laser sight, as well as a backup iron sight. It is designed and produced by ITL Optronics company, based in Israel. The laser may be either visible or infrared and can be activated as need via a pressure switch.
  8. IWI STAR 21 – Mepro Mor RDS
    • Gun covered above.
    • Multi-Purpose Reflex Sight with Two Laser Pointers (Visible and IR)
    • The MOR is unique in that it is an all-in-one red dot reflex sight/ IR/Visible Laser in a single unit.
    • Shooters can choose from one of the reticles – Bullseye, Triangle, Open X or Dot. The large crystal viewing window provides a crisp, clear and brilliant point of aim with both eyes open for increased situational awareness.
  9. IWI TAR 21 Flattop – Mepro Mor RDS

Picture 2

From left

  1. OFB MAG 2A1 – 7.62X51 MM caliber machine gun
  • AGS-30 AGL – The AGS-30 Atlant is a Russian-designed automatic grenade launcher.
    • The AGS-30 is fed from special belt drums that hold 29 linked rounds.
    • Loaded belt drum weights about 14 kg. Spade grips are installed on a gun cradle integral to the tripod, instead of to the gun body; the trigger is located on the right spade grip, making firing more controlled and comfortable.
    • The AGS-30 can only fire in full automatic modes. Standard sighting equipment is a 2.7X magnification PAG-17 optical sight.
  • Carl Gustaf M3
    • This is the older version but very capable weapon.
    • The current Carl Gustaf M4 but M3 version is extremely capable system.It was introduced in 1991, Compared with earlier version the weight was reduced even further by replacing the forged steel tube with a thin steel liner containing the rifling, strengthened by a carbon fiber outer sleeve.
    • The external steel parts were also replaced with plastics and aluminium alloys.
  • INSAS LMG : Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) family consists of Assault Rifle: fixed & foldable butt version and LMG: fixed & foldable butt version, having 70% commonality of parts and all firing the same ammunition.
    • This will be soon replaced with IWI Negev, It is a 5.56×45mm NATO light machine gun developed by the Israeli firearm manufacturer, Israel Weapon Industries, formerly Israel Military Industries Ltd.

Picture 3

From left – Following weapons do not require introduction.

  1. 81 MM Mortar
  2. 105 MM Field Guns
  3. Haubits FH77
  4. Pinaka MBRL
Praful Kumar
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