New Delhi: AK-47s continue to be the preferred assault weapon for the country`s paramilitary forces deployed to neutralise terrorists and Maoists at the frontiers and in the hinterland.
Over 29,000 pieces of this Russian-origin rifle were imported by forces like CRPF, BSF and NSG over the last three years, leaving behind, by a large margin, other sophisticated assault weapons procured from the US and Israel.
The inventory of the assault weapons procured for security forces, including ITBP, CISF and Assam Rifles, during 2010-2013 show that while 29,260 pieces of the `AK` series were procured, only 17,609 units of other weapons in this category like X-95 and SIG were imported.
While the Central Reserve Police Force, deployed extensively in the country for anti-Naxal operations procured 18,000 AK-47s, the Central Industrial Security Force guarding Indian airports got 7,921 pieces and the Sashastra Seema Bal securing borders along Nepal and Bhutan got 2,719 units.
The Sino-India border guarding force Indo-Tibetan Border Police procured 620 pieces of these `Avtomat Kalashnikova` (AK) rifles.