Controversy clouds army's plan to buy new assault rifle.
Critics claim that this purchase has been framed in such a manner that it suites a particular vendor -- the Italian company Beretta ARX- 160. Specific complaints have been lodged at the ministry, with claims that the army's specification of the barrel length exactly matches the one provided by Beretta.
The rationale behind choosing a multi- calibre assault rifle has also been questioned as other leading gun manufacturers such as IWI, Colt Defence, CZ and SIG Sauer, do not even have a credible weapon in this category.
On the charge of a particular company getting a head start because of " tailormade" specifications, the complaints have pointed to the controversy surrounding a contract for the Border Security Force where the problem of corrosion in barrels has surfaced in the new guns.
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