- Oct 2, 2016
acquiring the rights for a rifle from the 1940s good job!AK 203 contract for Amethi Factory soon: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane
The Amethi factory to manufacture modern assault rifles for the Army is likely to get operationalised soon, with the Army chief saying that a final contract is expected shortly and all issues have been sorted out.
The plan to manufacture 671427 of the AK 203 rifles at the factory has been under discussion for almost two years, with the contract stipulating 100% transfer of technology and possible exports in the future from the Indian plant.
“Negotiations are at an advanced stage. There were some last-minute hitches and hiccups and those have been ironed out now. I hope the final contract will be signed soon,” Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said in response to a ET question.
Sources said that as per current discussions, the rifles – to be made by a joint venture between Kalashnikov and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) – are expected to cost under Rs 70,000 a piece, significantly cheaper that US made rifles imported by the Army under an emergency order that cost the exchequer Rs 89,000 a piece.
Besides, India will get complete know how to manufacture modern assault rifles, given that the contract specifies that all of these need to be made completely in India from the first day. Sources said that there had been differences regarding the pricing of the deal, as OFB and Kalashnikov’s offer was deemed to be high but this is being sorted out.
A bulk of the cost for the rifles will go towards OFB which needs to absorb the technology. Sources said that the royalty per rifle to the Russian side will be just over Rs 6,000, against the rifle cost of Rs 70,000.
As reported by ET, the defence ministry had set up a pricing committee in June last year after difficulties in arriving at a final price for the project. The project has high priority on the bilateral agenda since an inter-governmental agreement was signed in January 2019.
The Amethi factory to manufacture modern assault rifles for the Army is likely to get operationalised soon, with the Army chief saying that a final contract is expected shortly and all issues have been sorted out. The plan to manufacture 671427 of the AK 203 rifles at the factory has been under...www.defencenews.in
Indeed Trichy Assault Rifle factory modified with FAB kit is possibly the best option we currently have.acquiring the rights for a rifle from the 1940s good job!
Should have just mass produced the Trichy assault rifle if they wanted an ak so bad.
Elections pass me hai na isliyeIndeed Trichy Assault Rifle factory modified with FAB kit is possibly the best option we currently have.
But this deal was very important; for the sake of balancing the cosmic chaos.
The Ruskies were seriously heartbroken. Pantsir lost to Korean Biho. Igla-S won the competition, but then there were allegations of corruption. People even started to question the whole S-400 deal.
So they needed a BJ. And that came in the form of AK-203; or should I say AK-103M.
And for the other reason I'll just leave you with a word; A-M-E-T-H-I.
I think what’s happening here is that IA decided that, they would fund a sandbox internally for building competency within just like Navy did.Lt Col. Prasad Bansod should be given funds to develop AK 203 type and Sig 716 type assault rifles. I am sure with help from ARDE, he can do it in 3-4 months. Earlier he deisgned the bullpup from a standard INSAS rifle in 3 months working part-time.
His designed assault rifles can be manufactured by a production agency chosen by Army. It can even be Amethi factory or PLR Small arms factory.
At least this will stop the momentous wastage of public money in the AK203 deal done to please Russia.
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