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Indian Army Gets AK-203 Rifles

Indian Army Gets AK-203 Rifles:

The Indian Army has received the first batch of 27,000 units of Russian AK-203 assault rifles.

  • Under a contract signed between India and Russia in July 2021, over 6.1 lakh AK-203 assault rifles are to be manufactured in India with technology transfer from Russia.
  • The joint venture Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) was established at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh in 2019 for this purpose.
  • It was set up between the erstwhile Ordnance Factory Board [now Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL)] from India and Rosoboronexport (RoE) and Kalashnikov concern of Russia.
  • India is progressively making the AK-203 rifles within the country, aiming to reach 70% domestic content in just 2 years.
  • Currently, around 25% of the rifle’s parts are manufactured locally.
  • The full-scale production with 100% localisation of rifles is expected to be reached within 2-3 years.
  • The Indian Army has been phasing out the INSAS (Indian National Small Arms System) rifles in favour of more advanced weaponry.