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Kalashnikov AK-203 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-203 Assault Rifle:

The Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), a joint venture between India and Russia, has successfully delivered 35,000 AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles to the Indian Army.

  • AK-203 Rifle is a modern firearm originating from Russia, designed by the renowned engineer Mikhail Kalashnikov between 2007 and 2010.
  • It is a gas-operated, magazine-fed, select-fire assault rifle.
  • It is a version of the AK-200 rifle chambered for the 62x39mm cartridge used in the Indian Army.
  • The weapon has the traditional advantages of Kalashnikov assault rifles: reliability and ease of maintenance.
  • These AK-203 rifles are produced in India using proprietary Russian technologies and certified equipment, ensuring high product quality and adherence to specifications.
  • It will be manufactured by Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL).
  • IRRPL is a joint venture between India and Russia, set up in 2019 to produce AK-203 rifles in the Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi district, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The joint venture plans to ensure 100% localisation of the production of AK-203 rifles in India.
  • India is the first country outside Russia which has started the production of the AK-200 series assault rifles.

Features of AK-203 Rifle:

  • Weighing 3.8 kg, this rifle measures between 880 and 940 mm in length with the stock extended, while its barrel is 415 mm long.
  • Its mechanism is based on a gas-operated action with a rotating bolt, allowing a firing rate of approximately 700 rounds per minute.