The Indian Army is believed to be using newly acquired Finnish Lapua Magnum and the US-made Barrett M95 to target Pakistani positions along the Line-of-Control (LoC), in response to ceasefire violations from the other side, reports India Today.
These new sniper rifles have been recently purchased directly by the Northern Command of the Indian Army; certain financial powers are granted to the commander-in-chief of the Northern Command, who is currently Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.
The main aim of acquiring these new weapons was to replace the ageing Soviet-era Dragunov SVD sniper rifles which were in use by the army till now.
It is not yet clear how effective these state-of-the-art sniper rifles have been against the Pakistani positions.
The increased intensity of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations comes on the heels of the India-Pakistan standoff which was triggered by the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strikes against terrorist infrastructure in Balakot.
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