After the National Security Guards and the Indian Navy’s MARCOS, it is now the turn of the Indian Army’s 65,000-strong Rashtriya Rifles to acquire the Cornershot (see: http://golangroup.com/products-cornershot.shtml) system. Army HQ has issued an RFI calling for technical proposals for a weapon system that can mount an in-service 9mm Pistol 9mm for shooting around the corner without exposing the firer, or with minimum exposure of the firer. It is envisaged to engage targets effectively using traverse firing. The offered system should also be able to mount an in-service (30mm or 40mm) UBGL for shooting around the corner. The selected system is also likely to be licence-assembled by the MoD-owned Ordnance Factories Board, against an order for at least 5,000 units. Several of India’s Central Armed Police Forces and state-level Police agencies too are likely to induct another 7,000 such systems in the near future.
Apart from the Israel-based Golan Group, such weapon systems have been developed by China’s Chongqing Changfeng Machinery Co Ltd and Shanghai Sea Shield Technologies Company (these being the HD-66 and CF-06), Iran, and the state-owned Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), which in 2008 unveilled its POFEye.—Prasun K. Sengupta