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Anti-material rifle handed over to BSF

Staff Reporter

It can be effectively used against hostile snipers and for destroying high-value targets

— Photo: M. Moorthy

The most lethal: R.K. Jain, General Manager of Ordnance Factory, Tiruchi (centre), explaining the features of the “Anti-Material Rifle,” to Virendra, Inspector-General of the Border Security Force (right), in Tiruchi on Thursday.

TIRUCHI: The Ordnance Factory, Tiruchi, achieved a milestone on Thursday by supplying its newly developed “Anti-Material Rifle” to the Border Security Force (BSF).

Christened ‘Vidhwansak,’ the 14.5/20 mm “anti-bunker” weapon could be effectively used against hostile snipers, and for destroying high-value targets such as enemy bunkers, vehicles, radars, security towers and communication masts.

The speciality of the weapon is its inter-changeability. It could be selectively used for 12.7 mm, 14.5mm and 20 mm calibres, which can be changed in less than 30 seconds.

Equipped with a telescope for accurate targeting, the weapon offers a maximum effective range of 1,800 metres, enabling BSF personnel, engaged in counter-insurgency operations, to repulse any undesirable adventure from the other side of the border. The ammunition for the rifle will be supplied by the Ordnance Factory, Khamaria, a sister unit of the Tiruchi factory.

“Cost effective”

Receiving the first consignment of 10 pieces at a function held on the factory premises, Virendra, Inspector-General (Provisioning), BSF, said the ‘Vidwansak’ was the most lethal weapon in the BSF’s armoury.

Complimenting the factory’s team on developing the system, C.S. Sivakumar, Member, Ordnance Factories Board, said the organisation delivered the gun at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh apiece, which, he said, was far less than the cost of the imported rifles.

The factory was also developing an assault rifle for the BSF.

The BSF was a valued customer of the factory after the Army, R.K. Jain, General Manager, Ordnance Factory, Tiruchi, said. The organisation was supplying 20 per cent of the rifles it manufactured to the BSF. It would supply 100 “Anti-Material Rifles” to the BSF in the next few months.

Tushar Tripathi, Joint General Manager of the factory, said modifications were made in the weapon after extensive trials, and based on the suggestions from the BSF.

Sabu A. Joseph, Commandant (Ordnance), Trials Officer, BSF, said the “Anti-Material Rifle” was a potent weapon in the small arms category.

M.K. Garg, Joint General Manager of the factory, and K. Sethuram, Additional General Manager, spoke.

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