Production of AK-203 rifles to start out in Asian country by year-end: Russian official

A senior Russian official has said that the Indo-Russian joint venture will start manufacturing AK-203 assault rifles at a unit in Uttar Pradesh by the end of this year.

Indo-Russia Rifles Private Limited was established in 2019 at Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi district to produce Russian-origin Kalashnikov assault rifles.

“The Korwa Ordnance manufacturing plant is prepared to start producing the submachine gun AK-203 assault rifles by the tip of 2022,” aforesaid Alexander Mikheev, director general of Rosoboronexport.

Rosoboronexport is Russia’s state-run defence unit that oversees various major military projects, including those overseas.

“Our plans include 100 per cent localization of production of the famous Russian assault rifles in India,” Mikheev said.

“In the future, the joint venture may increase production and modernize facilities for manufacturing advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform,” he said.

Rosoboronexport stated that the AK-203 rifles are fitted with integral Picatinny rails for convenient and easy mounting sights and tactical accessories, enabling effective weapon use in various conditions.

The company is participating in a five-day DefExpo in Gandhinagar that began on October 18.

“During the exhibition, Rosoboronexport can confer with the Indian aspect the assembly and provide AK-203s to the soldiers and alternative enforcement agencies of the country,” the corporate aforesaid in an exceeding statement.

“In addition, the corporate can provide a large variety of extra fashionable instrumentality designed to customise and equip the automatic,” it said.

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