AK-203 assault rifle

Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), a joint venture between India and Russia, has started producing AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh, according to Alexander Mikheev, the Director General of Russia’s Rosoboronexport. 

General Manoj Pande, chief of the Indian Army, announced last week that the service would get its first shipment of 5,000 rifles in March. 

“The first 7.62 mm Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles have been made at the Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. In a statement from Rosoboronexport on Tuesday, Mr. Mikheev said that deliveries to the Indian Army should start soon.

Meanwhile, the factory’s output allows for the complete arming of other Indian police enforcement organizations with AK-203 assault rifles, which may be employed by a wide variety of operators thanks to their adaptability. He also said that the joint venture could export to other countries.

Gen. Pande said the joint venture would complete the contract for over 6 lakh AK-203 rifles over 128 months, or close to 10 years. “Out of these, 70,000 must be made in 32 months, and the amount of local content must be between 5% and 70%. Then we’ll have an AK-203 that was made in our own country,” he said.

Sergey Chemezov, the General Director of Rostec, said that with the start of mass production of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles, India’s defense and law enforcement agencies would start to get small arms that are high-quality, easy to use, and up-to-date. “The model is one of the best assault rifles in the world because it has good ergonomics, can be used by different shooters, and performs well,” he said.

100% localization

According to the joint venture’s plans, all AK-203 rifles would be manufactured in India. According to the statement, in the future, the company may raise output and upgrade its production facilities in order to create sophisticated firearms based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.

In 2019, the IRRPL was set up by India’s Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL), as well as Russia’s Rosoboronexport and Kalashnikov. According to a story in The Hindu, the rifles should be made at full scale within two to three years.