New Delhi: Terrorists trying to cross the Indian border during day or the dark night will soon have a new nemesis. With the Indian Army having already upgraded its sniper course at the Infantry School at Mhow, new procurement of sniper rifles, and now night sights for sniper rifles, the border grid will have a force multiplier.
Underlining that the military establishment will spare no effort in equipping and modernizing the equipment of its troops at the frontlines, the Defence Ministry on Friday issued a request for proposal (RFP) for 1,121 thermal imaging night sights.
The last major order for Thermal Imaging Night Sights (TINS) for the Indian Army’s small arms was in November 2019 when the Union Cabinet okayed the buying of 21,500 TINS that can be fitted on most small arms. But the night gun sight for sniper rifles is more specialized and higher sophistication.
The night sights sought should be able to pick up a single walking human at a minimum range of 1,200 metres and a single standing human at a minimum range of 800 metres. To be used by soldiers both in troops during training and in operations, the gun sights should “facilitate acquisition and accurate engagement of targets during hours of darkness and poor visibility conditions.”