India-Russia JV produced first batch of AK-203 rifles in Amethi | India News

LUCKNOW: Korwa ordnance factory in Amethi district, 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.
With this India has become the first country to start producing the AK-200-series assault rifles of the world-famous brand Kalashnikov.
“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, said Rosoboronexport, the Russian state-controlled intermediary.
Rosoboronexport is one of the two founders including Kalashnikov Concern, of the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), a joint venture (JV) between Russia and India, registered and located in India.
Rosoboronexport and Kalashnikov Concern both are subsidiaries of the Rostec State Corporation.
“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 defence 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 JV plans to ensure 100% localization of the production of AK-203 rifles in India.
“The Amethi-based assault rifles manufacturing plant has the capacity to fully equip the personnel of other law enforcement agencies in India with AK-203 rifles. Due to the rifle’s high adaptability, it’s suitable for various operators. In addition, the JV will be able to export its products to third countries,” said Alexander Mikheev, director general of Rosoboronexport.
Russia and India continue to implement military-technical cooperation projects. The Rosoboronexport aims to cooperate in terms of the 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 manufacture advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.

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