Indo-Russian joint venture has started manufacturing Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles in India

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The manufacturing of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles has recently started in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh by an Indo-Russian joint venture.

An overview of the news

  • Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited plans to ensure 100 percent production of AK-203 rifles in India.

  • In the future, the company may increase production and upgrade its production facilities to produce advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.

  • India is the first country to start production of the world famous brand AK-200-series assault rifles.

  • The first batch of 7.62 mm Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles has been produced by the Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

  • Deliveries to the Indian Army are expected to commence soon.

About AK 203 Rifles

  • The AK-203 assault rifle is considered to be the latest and most advanced version of the AK-47 rifle.

  • It is a 7.62×39mm variant from the AK-100 rifle family.

  • This variant will replace the Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56×45mm assault rifle, which is currently being used by the Army, Navy and Air Force besides other security forces.

  • INSAS rifles are not suitable for use at high altitudes. These rifles also have problems like gun jamming, oil leakage etc.

Other India-Russia bilateral projects  

  • Indigenous production of T-90 tanks and Su-30-MKIaircraft

  • Supply of MiG-29-K aircraft and Kamov-31 and Mi-17 helicopters

  • Upgrade of MiG-29 aircraft and supply of Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher Smerch

  • Develop and produce supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles in India

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