India to Produce Russian AK-203 Assault Rifles

The Defence Ministry of India gave its final approval to a deal with Russia to produce AK-203 assault rifles in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The decision to approve the deal was made during a session of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. 

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Earlier, it was reported that over 600,000 AK-203 assault rifles for the needs of the Indian armed forces are to be manufactured over a 10-year period. The first batch of 70,000 Kalashnikovs will be delivered from Russia within the period of two years and eight months.

As specified, the production of AK-203 is to begin in early 2022, at a joint enterprise known as Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited. The facility was created in March 2019, on the basis of a plant in Korwa, a town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

It is noted that advanced technical solutions improved fire accuracy and barrel lifespan considerably in the assault rifle. The design features such as folding and adjustable buttstock, windowed and rifled magazine, and a pistol grip made this weapon more ergonomic. A variety of ammunition types in 7.62mm allows the operator to be combat-ready and efficient while accomplishing any mission.

Ru-Main, 24.11.2021
Source: TASS 

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