TASS: Russia and India signed a contract for the production of more than 600 thousand AK-203 assault rifles AK-203 caliber 7.62 mm. The contract for the supply of Indian-made assault rifles was signed within the framework of a meeting between the heads of the defense departments of Russia and India. This was reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the Kalashnikov concern.
The report noted that the production of machines was established at the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited joint venture. Preparations for the production of AK-203 assault rifles in the city of Corva took three years.
Earlier, Indian Ambassador Bala Venkatesh Varma announced the production of Russian weapons before the end of his mission in Moscow. According to him, within the framework of the Make in India program, they plan to produce 700,000 AK-203 assault rifles.
A plant for the production of Russian assault rifles in India was opened in 2019. Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev noted that the parties agreed on the release of 750 thousand assault rifles.
In October, Izvestia announced the arrival of new AK-12 assault rifles for the reconnaissance and special forces of Air landing troops. The military will also receive night sights, thermal imagers and silencers.