In a 1st, Bengaluru firm designs, develops two sniper rifles

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BENGALURU: As India pushes for increased participation of the private sector in defence production, a firm in Bengaluru’s Koramangala has, in a first for an Indian firm, designed and developed two sniper rifles prototypes meant for the armed forces, indigenously.
SSS Defence, which has begun work on constructing an 80,000 sqft arms factory at Jigani, 28km from Bengaluru, is hopeful of putting the two weapons on trial with the special forces soon, even as it has its eyes locked on the export market.

“We are the first to indigenously design and develop sniper rifles. We’ve not acquired ready-made technology from abroad to only assemble. And that we are not only going to offer the weapon, but also provide a complete solution giving users ammunitions, optics and other accessories necessary to operate the weapon, makes us unique. As on date the armed forces buy all of these from different companies,” Vivek Krishnan, CEO, SSS Defence, told TOI.
India opened up arms manufacturing to private firms only in the previous term of the Narendra Modi government. While there have been reports of some firms being in talks with foreign arms makers to get manufacturing rights for arms, no company has so far announced design and development of any rifle, let alone those meant for sniping.
The army has been looking to acquire sniper rifles, which has been delayed because of the 20 firms that participated in a tender issued last year, none offered ammunition.
SSS Defence has developed two rifles: Viper, chambered for .308/7.62x51mm cartridge and Saber, chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. While Viper has proved its accuracy from a distance of more than 1,000 metres, Saber has proved it on a 1,500 metres range. The Minute of Angle (MoA), which is used to measure the accuracy of rifles, the firm claimed, is best in the class, comparable to global weapons.
“Rifles chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO and .338 Lapua Magnum calibers are popular among military and law enforcement snipers across the world,” Satish R Machani, managing director, SSS Defence, said, adding that their weapons provide precision to long range rifle to shooters.
Stating that the design is based on the armed forces’ most recent requirements, Machani said they have already tested the weapons in the US, where it met all requirements. The rifles have modular, lightweight and ergonomically adjustable sniper chassis, which is rugged, reconfigurable, low maintenance, and manufactured from aerospace grade aluminum alloys. The firm said they are impervious to foul weather conditions, and hot/cold temperature extremes.
“The rifle has an ergonomically adjustable shoulder stock, which will prove very useful for our armed forces, which have men and women from different parts of the country who are built differently,” Krishnan said.
So far, the firm has invested nearly Rs 20 crore in the business if small arms, optics and ammunition and has started work on building an 80,000 sqft arms factory at Jigani.

“This facility will be manufacturing arms and have a capacity to make 15,000 arms per annum from day one of the first phase. Capacity will then increase to 45,000 arms per annum in the second phase (January 2022) and 80,000 per annum in some years in the third phase,” Krishnan added.
Besides, Machani said that the firm has also acquired an 80-acre plot for an ammunition factory near Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, some 200km from Bengaluru. “This factory will manufacture multiple ammunition calibers — 9mm, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm, .338 Lapua and 12.7mm for export markets and domestic demand,” he added.

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Rs 1,020 crore arms factory to come up in Anantapur

VIJAYAWADA: In a major boost to the industrial development in the State, Stumpp Schuele Casings (SSC) Private Limited has decided to set up an ammunition manufacturing unit in Anantapur with an investment of Rs 1,020 crore.

The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the SSC on Monday. The MoU was signed by APEDB chief executive officer J Krishna Kishore and SSC chief executive officer Vivek Krishnan in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The SSC, which is manufacturing ammunition under SSS-CBC joint venture, is planning to supply high quality ammunition to the Indian defence forces.The project is expected to create more than 500 highly skilled direct jobs and over 1,000 more in ancillary industries. Once operational, the Anantapur unit will be the first and only large-scale ammunition manufacturing facility in the entire South India. Stumpp Schuele & Somappa (SSS), the parent company of SSC, established in 1960, is the first spring manufacturing company in the sub-continent. It is the largest spring manufacturing company in India at present and is into other manufacturing business.

The company has over five decades’ of track record of supplying products to Indian ordinance factories and defence PSUs. With 11 manufacturing units across the country and a holding a capacity to convert 20,000 tonne of steel into springs each year, SSS is the number one maker of high quality springs in India. The SSS forayed into the aerospace and defence sector in 2016 with focus on ‘Make in India’. Stumpp Schuele & Somappa Springs has established a joint venture with Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) to manufacture small and medium calibre ammunition for the Indian defence forces and military markets worldwide. CBC is the world’s second largest ammunition producer with facilities in Brazil, Czech Republic, the US and Germany. The MoU between APEDB & SSC assumes significance as India is gearing up to become one of the world’s largest aerospace and defence manufacturing hub.

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Rs 520 crore estimated cost of phases 1 and 2
Rs 500 estimated cost of phase 3
500 direct jobs to be created
1,000 ancillary industries to come up in Anantapur district
 

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Parent company : Stumpp Schuele & Somappa Springs Pvt. Ltd

Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa are a part of the MG Brothers Group, a 60 year old enterprise which has various businesses such as Transportation, Auto Dealerships, Agriculture & Real Estate to name a few. With a capacity to convert 15,000 tons of steel into springs each year; Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa is the "Number 1" spring maker of high quality springs in India. Established in 1960, Stumpp, Schuele and Somappa was the first spring manufacturing unit in the sub continent. SSS has the capability of manufacturing 0.15mm wire diameter to 26mm wire diameter, for the automotive and various other industries the world over and with 12 plants manufacturing more than 4,000 varieties of springs, we have in our fold over 600 skilled professionals who are committed to quality and excellence.

JV with Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos

Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) is one of the largest ammunition manufacturers in the world. It is based in Ribeirão Pires, São Paulo, Brazil.

Founded by two Italian immigrants, Costabile and Gianicola Matarazzo, in 1926 to manufacture their own hunting and shooting ammunitions, CBC was created in the city of São Paulo, Brazil and was named FNCM – Fábrica Nacional de Cartuchos e Munições (National Ammunition and Cartridge Factory). In 1936 the company was bought by Remington Arms and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) when it was renamed CBC – Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (Brazilian Cartridge Company). Since 1979 the company has been privately owned.

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Parent company : Stumpp Schuele & Somappa Springs Pvt. Ltd

Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa are a part of the MG Brothers Group, a 60 year old enterprise which has various businesses such as Transportation, Auto Dealerships, Agriculture & Real Estate to name a few. With a capacity to convert 15,000 tons of steel into springs each year; Stumpp, Schuele & Somappa is the "Number 1" spring maker of high quality springs in India. Established in 1960, Stumpp, Schuele and Somappa was the first spring manufacturing unit in the sub continent. SSS has the capability of manufacturing 0.15mm wire diameter to 26mm wire diameter, for the automotive and various other industries the world over and with 12 plants manufacturing more than 4,000 varieties of springs, we have in our fold over 600 skilled professionals who are committed to quality and excellence.

JV with Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos

Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) is one of the largest ammunition manufacturers in the world. It is based in Ribeirão Pires, São Paulo, Brazil.

Founded by two Italian immigrants, Costabile and Gianicola Matarazzo, in 1926 to manufacture their own hunting and shooting ammunitions, CBC was created in the city of São Paulo, Brazil and was named FNCM – Fábrica Nacional de Cartuchos e Munições (National Ammunition and Cartridge Factory). In 1936 the company was bought by Remington Arms and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) when it was renamed CBC – Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (Brazilian Cartridge Company). Since 1979 the company has been privately owned.

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Ah that quaint building on hosur road which is often mistaken for MICO factory! If govt opens up the sector and ensures a fair & level playing field, more such companies will come forward to invest in product designing.
 

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The hell is this guy on about ? The pics released clearly show the two rifles are bolt-action sniper rifles, not direct gas impingement type. And he goes on about semi-auto/full-auto modes, a bolt action gun doesn't have these modes.

I think in defexpo 2018 SS-LMT showcased a few of these semi-auto 0.338 LM chambered AR-10/15 styled rifles. But these guns shown in the pics above are clearly bolt-action. Remember the IA's recently cancelled tender for 0.338 LM snipers were only meant for bolt action snipers, semi-autos weren't even given a chance and SS defence is claiming that these guns are being tested by IA.

I think the fellow on the video confused the guns displayed in 2018 to be the guns being talked about now.
 

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In line with the central government's push to make India a major defence manufacturing hub, a firm based in Karnataka's Bengaluru has developed the country's first indigenous sniper rifle prototypes that are meant for use by the Indian armed forces, NDTV reports.

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SSS Defence, which has developed two sniper rifles, is hoping to lead the way for India to become a arms manufacturing and exporting hub. "We started designing and developing these rifles after ''make in India'' came in the defence sector. We became one of the few manufacturers allowed to develop arms in the country. These two weapons are entirely made indigenously," SSS Defence Managing Director (MD) Satish R Machani said on Sunday.

Explaining the working of the weapons, CEO Vivek Krishnan said: "We have developed high-end sniper rifles calibered in 7.62x51 mm and .338 Lapua Magnum. Each rifle uses a barreled action that is inspected, gauged, hand-worked and accurized. The barrel length options range from 20 inches to 24 inches, based on the mission criteria and use environments."

The 61-year-old company earlier used to manufacture components (mainly springs) for the automotive industry. "We have also been supplying components for the defence sector. Our idea is to have a complete system of arms for our forces and we eventually hope to become an arms exporter. Obviously, we have to put in a lot more work to make our weapons global level but we have an excellent Research and Development centre," Mr Machani said.

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It's important that Indian armed forces actively consider all products that are being offered by private Indian defence firms. As of now, only helmets and BPJs have been acquired from MKU. They should actively test all platforms, be it the small arms and ARs offered by SSS defence, imaging systems by Tonbo, protection suits from MKU, Artillery and ground troop carriers from Kalyani/Tata/Mahindra/L&T should be actively put to trails and inducted in the forces which will pave way for indigenous developments and create export potential
 

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It's important that Indian armed forces actively consider all products that are being offered by private Indian defence firms. As of now, only helmets and BPJs have been acquired from MKU. They should actively test all platforms, be it the small arms and ARs offered by SSS defence, imaging systems by Tonbo, protection suits from MKU, Artillery and ground troop carriers from Kalyani/Tata/Mahindra/L&T should be actively put to trails and inducted in the forces which will pave way for indigenous developments and create export potential
Do check out the small arms thread: Small Arms & Tactical Equipment