Russia and India are close to signing an agreement on licensed production of AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles. According to the press secretary of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Valeria Reshetnikova, the parties have to agree on a few issues.
FSMTC plans to reach final agreements in the near future and sign an agreement with India for the licensed assembly of AK-203 assault rifles. Indian royalties are currently being discussed, the parties are looking for solutions that suit both.
We expect to reach all agreements in the near future and sign a contract
– she told.
While negotiations are underway and the contract has not been signed, the Indian army in mid-August ordered from Russia “urgent delivery” 70 thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles “two hundredth series”. As it later became known, it was about AK-203. The weapon is designed to arm units, located on the border with Pakistan and China.
Recall, that India intends to organize licensed production of AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles at the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited Russian-Indian joint venture in Corva, Uttar Pradesh. In total it is supposed to be released 671427 AK-203 assault rifles with full localization of production. At the same time, India plans to supply AK-203 for export.
In the Indian army, the Russian AK-203 should replace the Indian INSAS assault rifle, in service with 1998 years and no longer suits the military. The caliber of Indian weapons was especially criticized 5,56 mm. Transition to caliber 7,62 mm in the Indian Ministry of Defense began under the slogan: “If you shoot the enemy, then he must be killed, rather than temporarily incapacitated”.