India-Russia grand-old friendship prevails, will manufacture AK-47 203 together : Moscow

Moscow : India and Russia have finally collaborated and finalised a major deal for manufacturing AK-47 203 rifles in India.

This big announcement has been made by Russian media on Thursday during Indian Defence Minister’s visit to Moscow.

The AK-47 203 is the latest and the most advanced version of the rifle AK-47 series. This new version is going to replace Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56×45 mm assault. Reportedly, The requirements of the Indian army regarding number of rifles is huge, near about 770,000 AK-47 203 rifles which will be imported and rest will be manufactured in India as per Russia’s state-run news agency Sputnik.

The Defence Ministry said in a statement on this deal,  “Both sides welcomed the advance stage of discussions for the establishment in India of an India-Russian Joint Venture for the production of AK203 assault rifles which are considered one of the most modern weapons available for infantry forces”.

Ministry said, “This provides a very positive basis for further engagement of Russian defence industry in the ‘Make-in-India’ programme.”

The statement added, “Gen. Shoigu reiterated commitment of the Russian side to engage actively with our MOD to ensure the success of the ‘Make-in-India’ programme.”

The rifles will be manufactured in India as part of the joint venture Indo-Russia Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), established between the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), the Kalashnikov Concern and Rosoboronexport – the Russian state agency for military exports, it said.