Kalashnikov AK-203

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  • January 20, 2023
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In News: An Indo-Russian joint venture has started manufacturing Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, a move that will lend greater firepower to the Indian armed forces.

  • Russia and India continue to implement military-technical cooperation projects.

AK 203:

  • The AK-200-series assault rifles have retained all the advantages of the traditional AK scheme — reliability, durability and ease of maintenance. At the same time, they fully meet the latest requirements for firearms in the world in terms of ergonomics and the ability to mount high-tech additional equipment
  • AK 203 has excellent ergonomics, adaptability to different shooters and high performance characteristics, it is one of the best assault rifles in the world


  • Today, India is the first country to start producing the AK-200-series assault rifles of the world-famous brand
  • Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, has produced the first batch of 7.62 mm Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles.
  • Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited is the manufacturer
  • It is a joint venture, registered and located in India, whose founders on the Russian side are Rosoboronexport and Kalashnikov Concern (both subsidiaries of the Rostec State Corporation)
  • It fully complies with the government of India’s Made in India initiative and DAP (Defence Acquisition Procedure) 2020.
  • Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited plans to ensure 100 per cent localisation of the production of AK-203 rifles in India.
  • Rosoboronexport aims to cooperate on terms of transfer of technology put forward by the Indian side and in accordance with the Make in India initiative
  • In future, the company may also increase output and upgrade its production facilities to produce advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.
  • High-quality, convenient and modern small arms will begin to enter service with India’s defence and law enforcement agencies

Source: Business standard


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