What are the Sniper Rifles used by Indian Armed Forces?


Have you ever thought what kind of Sniper rifles Indian army has? Give us a chance to update with types of sniper rifles Indian army has.  As we know Indian army is well equipped with modern and sophisticated weapons. Similarly, for snipers, they use a vast variety of sniper rifles. India has deployed most of its snipers in Special Forces Units like Para SF, MARCOS, NSG and Garuds who are full time-dedicated snipers and not just marksmen.

Sources in Pakistan reveal that numerous casualties have been caused among their troops by Indian sniper teams using the Russian Dragunov sniper rifle that uses the 7.62×54-MMR cartridge.

Lying patiently in wait for targets of opportunity sometimes for hours together, camouflaged and concealed with skill, the sniper and his buddy, the spotter, are a different breed of men. Their success in operations along the LoC validates the emphasis laid in recent years by the army on marksmanship and the attention given to the training, doctrine, equipment, ethos and tactical deployment of sniper teams.

Indian Armed Forces have most of its sniping materials exported from other countries like Germany, United States, and Russia. Here are the rifles used by Indian Armed Forces for Sniping and Marksman purposes:

A. SSG-69 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle:

Used by Central Armed Police Forces in India like BSF, CRPF, and ITBP and also by other police units.

Special Security Group (SSG) Sniper with SSG-69 Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

B. PSG-1 Sniper Rifle:

Used mostly by Counter-Terrorism units and SWAT units in India including Urban Warfare units like National Security Guards. Many of the units are now replacing their older PSG-1 with newer PSG1A1 Sniper Rifle.

OCTOPUS Commando with PSG1 Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

C. Galatz Sniper Rifle:

Galatz is the standard troop-level marksman rifle used by Indian Special Forces units ( mainly Para SF, MARCOS, Garuds, and SFF ).

NCC Cadet with a Galatz Sniper Rifle standing beside a Para SF Operative. Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

D. SVD Dragunov Designated Marksman Rifle:

The standard DMR weapon in Indian Army and some other units as well like Assam Rifles. It will be soon replaced with a new .338 Lapua Magnum Sniper Rifle though it is still a favorite among Indian units due to its dead-end accuracy and reliability in harsh conditions.

Para SF Operative armed with SVD. Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

E. Barrett M107:

In India, only a few units are known to use this Anti-Materiel Rifle/Sniper Rifle which includes Indian Army Special Forces, Mumbai Police QRT units, and BSF. It has got its own distinction of being one of the best precision weapons.

Mumbai Police QRT Commando with an M107. Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

F. Mauser SP66:

Used by Indian Army for specialized purposes like long-range sniping.

IA Marksman with an SP66. Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

G. NTW-20 Anti-Materiel Rifle:

Used on Line of Control (India-Pakistan Border) to target enemy bunkers and military hardware and can also be used for counter-sniping in Anti-Personnel role. Its Indian derivative named ‘Vidhwansak’ is in service with BSF.

IA Gunner with an NTW-20 AMR. Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

H. Barrett M98B:

Used only by select units like NSG and Para SF for specialized causes like long-range sniping.

Barrett M98B

I. 7.62mm Ishapore Sniper Rifle:

It is used by CRPF, Tamil Nadu police Commandos, and Kolkata police and is an Indian-made product especially built for law enforcement agencies and police units.

Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

J. VSK-94 Silenced Sniper Rifle:

Only MARCOS has been known this tactical sniper rifle which uses a subsonic 9x39mm round to be deployed in tactical roles at short ranges given its armor-piercing capability.

Image Source: Shatrujeet009, Strategicfront.org

Besides this , Indian Armed Forces also uses other sniper rifles like GM6 Lynx Anti-Materiel Rifle (used by Special Forces), SSG3000 (used by NSG), OSV-96 Anti-Materiel Rifle (used by Special Forces), SVD variants like SVDS and SVDK, and some other Assault Rifles/Battle Rifles modified for marksmanship purposes like INSAS and SLR Rifles fitted with Telescopic Sights and STAR-21 Sharpshooter Tavor utilized by Special Forces for precision fire with additional accuracy thanks to match grade barrel and a bipod.

Harsh B Mishra is a writer on DefenceLover, he also loves to write on Quora. You can follow him on Quora for more interesting knowledge on special forces.