Barrackpore: Good news for Kolkata Police they will get its own sniper rifle from West Bengal Ishapore, to protect VIPs, handles terror attacks or hostage situations.
They can now buy Indian-made sniper rifles at one-third the price, as good as the best in the world. And there won’t be ammo shortage either. The indigenous sniper rifle was launched on Tuesday at the Rifle Factory, Ishapore, just outside Kolkata.
The Ishapore sniper costs Rs. 2.5 lakh plus tax, has a caliber of 7.62 mm, weighs 6.7 kg and can kill at 800 metres. H&N rifles, three times the price, have a longer range but weigh 7.2 kg, a half-kilo difference in weight that could be critical in a crisis.
“You won’t see the sniper rifle out on the streets. If you can spot one, we have not done our job,” said Kolkata Police Commission Rajeev Kumar, present at the launch of the sniper and planning to test them out and raise a commando force that will use these machines.
“These rifles are a must for urban police, for VIP protection, hostage situations and terror attacks.” he added. The rifles don’t have night vision but have telescopic sight, a must for surveillance.
Ratneswar Varma, general manager of the 230 year old Rifle Factory, said, “There is an increasing need for sniper rifles in security forces which prompted us to manufacture this indigenous rifle here. We have already got orders from Haryana Police, Rajasthan Police and CRPF.”
The research and development for the sniper was done at Ishapore itself for over a year or so. According to an Ishapore official, it even won a gold medal in a shooting competition. The biggest advantage of an indigenous sniper: you will never run short of ammunition and spares.