Punj LLoyd and IWI Come Together for Make in India Small Arms
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Punj LLoyd and IWI Come Together for 'Make in India' Small Arms

Punj Lloyd and Israel Weapon Industries to manufacture small arms in MP
Punj LLoyd and IWI Come Together for Make in India Small Arms

Aditya Kakkar | Madhya Pradesh: India and Israel will jointly make battle proven, small arms such as the highly customizable X95 weapon system which can be used as an assault rifle, carbine and a SMG. The joint venture will also make Tavor assault rifle which was used for the surgical strikes against Pakistan. The other major weapon systems being developed are the Galil sniper rifle and Negev light machine gun which can be customised as both semi-automatic and automatic.

There will be full transfer of technology (ToT) under the JV and these weapons will also be exported.

Punj Lloyd and its JV Partner, Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) inaugurated the country’s first Private Sector Small Arms Manufacturing Plant at Malanpur in Madhya Pradesh on May 4.

The joint venture company, Punj Lloyd Raksha Systems (PLR) will be manufacturing small arms for the Indian Defence Forces and also for export.

Punj Lloyd Chairman, Atul Punj said, “This is the first opportunity for the country to get its own ‘Made in India’ Small Arms. The need of the hour is to replace the country’s defence weapons with sophisticated and high precision products. These are tried and tested battle proven products already being used within the country. It is the first time in India that we are coming together with the complete technology to manufacture these products as ‘Made in India’.”

"Israel's Ministry of Defence fully and wholeheartedly supports this cooperation and will continue to support the transfer of technology and information also in the future, for the betterment of improved advanced tools. Israel and India consider their defense industry cooperation as a monumental step forward, towards a future of immense potential," said Michel Ben-Baruch, head of SIBAT, Israel Ministry of Defence.

The event was presided over by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Punj LLoyd and IWI Come Together for Make in India Small Arms


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