DRDO Working On Futuristic Rifles For Army

In three years from now, army soldiers will have two new modern,
indigenous rifles at their disposal instead of the standard INSAS
rifle, allowing them to operate effectively in urban or jungle

The DRDO is working on a Future-INSAS rifle to go along with the
under-development future infantry soldier project that the Indian
defence establishments are currently working on, DRDO’s Chief
Controller of Research and Development (Armament and Combat
Engineering) S Sunderesh said here today.

It is also working on a new single-hand operated carbine, he said.

INSAS stands for Indian Small Arms System and is a family of infantry
arms consisting of an assault rifle, a light machine gun and a carbine.

The 5.56mm by 45mm calibre weapon will be replaced by the Future-INSAS, a prototype for which is currently in development stage.

“We are always trying to incorporate new technology into existing rifle
systems. We are currently working on a future INSAS rifle which can be
integrated into the Future Infantry Soldier project by including a
sensor and a thermal imaging device onto the rifle itself,” Pune-based
Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) Director Anil M
Dattar said.

The ARDE has started working on the new rifle so that it could give
night vision to the soldier through thermal imaging sensors integrated
onto the weapon system.

“Usually Thermal Imagers are available in larger weapon systems or as
stand alones. We are trying to miniaturise the TI sensors to fit it on
the Future-INSAS,” Date said.

The basic idea was that the future soldier, sent into a
counter-insurgency or anti-terrorist operation in an urban or a jungle
environment, has a handy weapon that he could use.

Joining the Future-INSAS family of weapons will be a modern sub-machine
carbine with 5.56mm by 30mm calibre incorporating both a pistol and a
rifle design, so that the soldier can fire the weapon using just one

“Obviously it will be light weight and have less power than F-INSAS and
hence can be fired with one hand. But it will still be lethal and
effective,” Dattar said.

The future rifle and carbine will come alongside the Future Infantry
Soldier project, which itself will be completed in three phases.

The first phase of the Future Infantry Soldier project would be completed in three years.