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Govt approves plan to manufacture 5 lakh AK-203 rifles in UP’s Amethi

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has approved the production of over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi in order to boost self-reliance in defence manufacturing in the country, government sources said on Saturday.

According to sources, this endeavour will be done in partnership with Russia. “It reflects the ever increasing paradigm shift in defence acquisition from buy (global) to Make in India. This endeavour will be done in partnership with Russia and reflects the deepening partnership between the two countries in the defence sector,” they said.

The 7.62 X 39mm caliber AK-203 rifles will replace in-service INSAS rifle, which was inducted over three decades ago, government sources informed.

With an effective range of 300 metres, AK-203 rifles are lightweight, robust and easy to use modern assault rifles. The technology of these assault rifles will enhance the combat potential of soldiers to adequately meet, present and envisage operational challenges. The AK-203 assault rifles will enhance the operational effectiveness of the Indian Army in counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism operations.

According to government sources, the project will be implemented by a special purpose Joint Venture called Indo-Russian Rifles Private Ltd (IRRPL). It has been created with erstwhile OFB [now Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL)] of India and Rosoboronexport (RoE) and concern Kalashnikov of Russia.

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