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Indian MoD plans to licence-build upgraded AK-103 assault rifles

17 April 2018

Key Points

  • India's MoD plans to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles
  • The Indian armed forces have a longstanding requirement for more than 768,000 rifles

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 7.62x51 mm assault rifles for the Indian Army (IA) to make up its longstanding requirement for more than 768,000 rifles.

A delegation of officials from the MoD and the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will visit Russia this month to assess the Kalashnikov rifle works at Izhevsk and finalise the deal for the weapons, industry sources have told Jane’s .

The proposal to acquire AK-103 rifles, approved by the army, follows detailed discussions between senior Russian officials and Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her trip to Moscow in early April and comprises part of New Delhi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

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