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Russia delivers all the contracted 70,000 AK-203 to India
Russia has delivered to India all the contracted 70,000 AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles as envisaged under a contract signed late last summer between India and Kalashnikov.

The entire delivery was made earlier this week. A source explained, "delivery was fast tracked," pointing to the short time gap between the signing of the contract and its fructification.

The Indian Ministry of Defence intends to procure 670,000 AK-203 assault rifles, and the 70,000 delivered are part of that total.

The rest of the 600,000 will be manufactured in India's Amethi under a joint venture, the contract for which was signed on December 6, 2021.

The day saw the first India-Russia 2+2 meeting at the level of foreign and defence ministers, as well as Russian President Putin's visit to the annual summit in Delhi.

The total cost of the contract is around Rs 50 billion.

As part of India's localisation of defence manufacturing, a special purpose joint venture called Indo-Russian Rifles Private Ltd (IRRPL) has been created for the production of 600,000 AK-203 in India. The Joint Venture is between India, represented by the Defence PSUs-Advanced Weapons & Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) & Munitions India Limited (MIL) and Russia, represented by Rosoboronexport (RoE) & Concern Kalashnikov (CK).

The 7.62 x 39mm calibre AK-203 rifles will replace the in-service INSAS rifles that were inducted over three decades ago. The AK-203 assault rifles have an effective range of 800 meters, are light in weight, and are seen as being as easy to use as modern assault rifles.
They were AK-103s?
 

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What is the status of this alleged manufacturing plant at Amethi ? Has it even been started, or just remains on paper ? Also who is running it ? OFB ? (or whatever new name they have now after the 'corporitisation'). I had heard some Army retd. gernail would ensure quality is ensured, is it true ? Lots of questions, apologies
 

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By cancelling Russian AK contract Sauer also failed in indian army hands now it will be very difficult what about not picking heckler Koch rifles
 

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F-INSAS, Nipun among 'Made in India' defence systems handed over to Indian Army by Rajnath Singh
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Tuesday, handed over the new anti-personnel mine Nipun and Futuristic Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS) to the Indian Army. Both the systems have been manufactured indigenously by Indian firms. Army Chief General Manoj Pande and Lt General Harpal Singh were also present on the occasion.

During the ceremony, Army’s F-INSAS soldier gave a briefing to Rajnath Singh on his new weapon systems and aids including the AK-203 assault rifle. The AK-203 assault rifles are planned to be manufactured in Amethi in a joint venture between Indian and Russian entities.

During the event, Singh handed over multiple Indigenous weapons to the Indian Army, including anti-personnel land mine Nipun, Landing Craft Attack for operations in Pangong lake, infantry combat vehicles and many other systems.

Army prepared to tackle any threat: E-in-C

Speaking during the ceremony, Lt Gen Harpal Singh, Engineer-in-Chief, Indian Army said that various decisions have been taken by the government to promote Make in India in defence. "Different policy decisions have been taken by the Government of India to help promote indigenisation of weapon systems for the Armed Forces. Many new equipments inducted by the Army in this direction including mines, personal weapons and infantry combat vehicles," he said.

Singh further said that the Indian Army is prepared to tackle any threat whether it is western desert or the high altitude locations in Ladakh sector. The induction of indigenous systems may be viewed on the backdrop of government's push to indigenous manufacturing in defence sector. This is in line with PM Narendra Modi's call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which has further translated into Ministry of Defence's initiatives towards self-reliance in defence.
 

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AK-203 ASSAULT RIFLE KIT TO BE MANUFACTURED IN AMETHI, HANDED OVER TO INDIAN ARMY
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Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, India is continuously emerging as a self-reliant nation. The AK-203 assault rifles manufactured in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, is a shining example of this. Amethi is the same district whose political identity was once from the Gandhi family, but now the MP there is Smriti Irani and during this time Amethi has got a new identity. Rajiv Gandhi was MP from the Amethi seat for 10 years, Sonia Gandhi for 5 years and then Rahul Gandhi for 15 years, but there was no significant change in the condition of the area. Today, AK-203 rifles are being made with the technical help of Russia in Amethi.

AK 203 assault rifle in amethi

On Tuesday, August 16, the Indian Army also received its first consignment. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has handed over the first batch to the Army. These rifles are being developed in collaboration with the Russian government under the 'Make in India' initiative of the central government.

During the ceremony today, Army's F-INSAS soldier gave a briefing to Raksha Mantri on his new weapon systems and aids including the AK-203 assault rifle. The complete gear of the F-INSAS system includes an AK-203 assault rifle. AK-203 is a Russian-origin gas-operated, magazine-fed, select fire assault rifle with a range of 300 metre. The F-INSAS is planned to be manufactured in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, in a joint venture between Indian and Russian entities.

In the year 2019, PM Narendra Modi announced that the Amethi district of UP will be identified with AK-203 rifles. However, today, after three years, PM Modi's words have come true. The country's brave soldiers will now have an AK-203 assault rifle in their hands.

AK-203 assault rifle is counted among the best rifles in the world. It will be manufactured at the Ordnance Factory located in the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Korwa campus in Amethi. At present, the production of 5 lakh rifles has got the green signal. The construction work is under progress at a rapid pace.
 

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Indo-Russian AK-203 Rifles production in India gets delayed
Indigenous production of the much awaited AK-203 assault rifle under the joint venture between India and Russia is expected to be delayed further due to unresolved issues between the two sides.

Sources confirmed to Financial Express Online that “There is a delay in the indigenous manufacturing of the AK-203 as there are issues related to Transfer of Technology (ToT) from Russia which has to be addressed first.”

“Secondly, due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, there has been a delay in the process of firming up the supply chain. Also there is lack of clarity on the supply chain,” said the source quoted above.

Adding, “Incidentally, there is no clarity on who will be making the barrel of the assault rifle.”

F-INSAS unveiled by defence minister

On Tuesday, defence minister Rajnath Singh, had unveiled the concept of Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS). The F-INSAS handed over showed an AK-203 assault rifle, which India had received off the shelf from Moscow, the soldier was wearing a helmet made by Kanpur based MKU, and the bullet proof jacket is from another company SMPP Pvt. Ltd.

How many rifles are required?

The Indian Army is waiting for 6.71 Around 6.71 lakh AK-203 7.62×39 mm rifles to be manufactured at this facility based at Korwa, UP. The two countries in 2019 had inked an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) under which a Joint Venture Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) was formed. Initially, it will include Russian components. There also in batches of 20,000-40,000, the percentage of indigenous content would be increased gradually from 5% to 100% with a plan to produce all AK-203 after the first 1.2L with 100% indigenisation.

Upgrade of the existing AK-47

Financial Express Online earlier this year had reported that a Bengaluru based company SSS Defence had won a contract for upgradation of AK 47 rifles to the Indian Army’s Para Special Forces. The company has completed delivery of its Proprietary upgrade kits. Interestingly, for the first time a private sector company SSS Defence replaced an incumbent Israeli supplier – FAB Defence.

Due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war the company, according to sources the company is expected to receive a larger contract to upgrade more Kalashnikov rifles in service. The Special Forces of the Indian Army is presently using a mix of frontline assault weapons including — TAR-21s, M4A1s, among other rifles.

As has been reported earlier, sources have said “there is an acute shortage of raw material, components and end products, and this is causing delays in the indigenisation of various platforms in the Indian army.”

AK-203 for the Indian Army

The INSAS rifle which has been the mainstay of the armed forces has been plagued by limited upgrades, inefficiencies, and manufacturing quality concerns.

The Indian Army has had its woes with the INSAS rifle, an indigenous production, since its induction in 1994. One problem the Indian Army faces is the lack of a standardised carbine. The equipment has been unable to change with the evolution of the Army. The Army went from a traditional infantry force to a multifaceted organisation increasingly taking on urban assailants in a close quarter battle. Further, the Army revised its philosophy that earlier demanded the rifle to be able to incapacitate the target. Now, the Army adorns a stricter stance and seeks, per philosophy, an assault rifle capable of carrying out “shoot to kill” orders. Further, the existing infantry suffers losses when long-range, high-recoil rifles are used in tight spaces.

The AK-47, irrespective of the operator, has delivered in various environments, from deserts to high seas to the mountains. However, evolution is never-ending. And Kalashnikov released its next flagship rifle, the AK-203. It is slated to be a worldwide standard in the years to come.

More about AK-203

The Indian Army will receive a 300m range AK-203, although there are variants with a more excellent range. Even at such a long-range, the accuracy of the AK-203 is one of the best. It edges out the competition in the amount of Picatinny rails which allow a variety of add-ons such as sights. This standard mounting system lends greater modularity to the operators. It carries the reputable reliability that has been the hallmark of the Kalashnikov rifles like the AK-47 and the AK-74. It can perform in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius in temperature tests. This makes it perfect for the mountainous warfare the Indian Army engages in with Pakistan and China.

In the opposite environment, the rifle also sustains dust storms and other builds of sand in desert environments. The tests were meant to emulate a sandstorm that could not deter the rifle’s reliability and accuracy. This is a handy weapon for even the long desert terrain we share with Pakistan.

The rifle tests included an emulation of tropical rain where the rifle was loaded and then exposed to the long downpour that turned the sand into silt. This means that not only will the wetter and tropical operations benefit, but with the combined ability to resist sand and silt, it will be viable for coastal forces to use this as well.

Beyond extreme reliability, it will use the 7.62×39 mm carbine with a collapsible stock that will enable close-quarter battles. This one rifle will be able to adapt to various tasks that the Indian Army has been undertaking. The Indian Army will be the first recipient of the AK-203 outside Russia. Currently, it is under limited use by the Russian Special Forces.

Initially, it will include Russian components. There also in batches of 20,000-40,000, the percentage of indigenous content would be increased gradually from 5% to 100% with a plan to produce all AK-203 after the first 1.2L with 100 percent indigenisation.
 

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Their are two issues with the deal
  1. Cost per rifle
  2. ToT for of barrel or manufacturing location of the barrel
 

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