Indo-Russian JV Starts Producing AK-203 Assault Rifles for Indian Army

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 10:16 AM, January 17, 2023
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Indo-Russian JV Starts Producing AK-203 Assault Rifles for Indian Army
AK-203 assault rifle

Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited, a joint venture between Russia and India, has started producing Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian Army.

India is the first country to start producing the AK-200-series assault rifles.

“With the launch of series production of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles, high-quality, convenient and modern small arms will begin to enter service with India’s defense and law enforcement agencies. The model combines excellent ergonomics, adaptability to different shooters and high performance characteristics, it is one of the best assault rifles in the World,” said Sergey Chemezov, General Director of Rostec.

The joint venture plans to ensure 100% localization of the production of AK-203 rifles in India. In future, the company may also increase output and upgrade its production facilities to manufacture advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.

“Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, has produced the first batch of 7.62 mm Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles. The beginning of deliveries to the Indian Army is expected soon. At the same time, the factory’s capacity makes it possible to fully equip the personnel of other law enforcement agencies in India with AK-203 assault rifles, which, due to their high adaptability, are suitable for various operators. In addition, the joint venture will be able to export its products to third countries,” said Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Rosoboronexport.

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