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Indo-Russian JV Delivers 35,000 AK-203 Assault Rifles to Indian Army

Our Bureau - : Jul 6, 2024 - : 12:12 am

Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited, registered and located in India, has produced and transferred 35,000 Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles to the Indian Ministry of Defence.

The Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifle is a version of the AK-200 rifle chambered for the 7.62×39mm cartridge used in the Indian Army.

“Rostec produces a wide range of weapons that have proved to be effective in real combat conditions, including the latest small arms. Today India is the first foreign customer to produce the “two hundredth” series of Kalashnikov assault rifles. Production has been deployed in India in full compliance with the Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan (Self-Reliant India) programs. The project includes technology transfer, and its concept includes 100% localization of AK-203 production. Such programs are one of the trends in the modern arms market and Russia’s competitive advantage as a reliable supplier of the best defence solutions,” said Sergey Chemezov, Director General of Rostec.

“The Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited joint venture, co-founded by ROSOBORONEXPORT on the Russian side, has completed the first phase of the project to produce AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles in India. To increase the degree of localization, all necessary equipment has been shipped to the Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh state, and production facilities are now fully equipped. This made it possible to produce and deliver a batch of 35,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles to the Indian Army within the timeframe agreed with the Ministry of Defence of India,” said Alexander Mikheev, Director General of ROSOBORONEXPORT.

The Russian partners in the enterprise are ROSOBORONEXPORT JSC and the Kalashnikov Group (both subsidiaries of the Rostec State Corporation).

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