Meet the F-INSAS, the future Indian infantryman

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First published August 16, 2022, 4:32 PM IST

F-INSAS aims to transform Indian soldiers deployed in border areas into “an autonomous combat machine”. It was envisioned for a fully networked, all-terrain, all-weather personal equipment platform with better firepower and mobility for the digitized battlefield.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday handed over the Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS) to the Indian Army at an event hosted by the Military Engineering Service in the nation’s capital.

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As part of the Infantry Vision 2020, the F-INSAS project was designed in April 2005 to equip infantry with state-of-the-art weaponry, a communications network and instant access to battlefield information. .

It was envisioned for a fully networked off-roader, all-weather personal gear platform with better firepower and mobility for the digitized battlefield.

According to the plan, it was to be implemented in three phases with the aim of transforming soldiers deployed in border areas into “an autonomous fighting machine”.

During the event, a soldier from F-INSAS briefed the Minister of Defense and Indian Army Chief, General Manoj Pande on the new weapon system and aids including the AK assault rifle -203.

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It is pertinent to mention here that the AK-203 assault rifle is planned to be manufactured in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh under a joint venture between Indian and Russian entities.

On this occasion, Rajnath Singh also handed over several Indian-made weapon systems to the army, including the Nipun anti-personnel landmine, attack landing craft for operations in Pangong Lake and combat vehicles. infantry, among others.

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