Over 6 lakhs of which assault rifle will be manufactured by the joint venture, Indo-Russian Rifles Private Ltd?

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Answer: AK-203

In September 2020, India and Russia finalised a deal for manufacturing AK-47 203 rifles in India during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Moscow. The rifles will be manufactured in the mation as part of the joint venture Indo-Russia Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), established between the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), the Kalashnikov Concern and Rosoboronexport, which is the Russian state agency for military exports.

AK-47 203 rifle is the latest and most advanced version of the AK-47 rifle and will replace the Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56×45 mm assault rifle.

At the time, the Indian Army had a requirement for around 770,000 AK-47 203 rifles, of which 100,000 will be imported and the rest will be manufactured in the country. 

The Ministry of Defence, in a statement, said, “Both sides welcomed the advance stage of discussions for the establishment in India of an India-Russian Joint Venture for the production of AK203 assault rifles which are considered one of the most modern weapons available for infantry forces”.

The ministry added that it provides a very positive basis for further engagement of Russian defence industry in the ‘Make-in-India’ programme.

“Gen. Shoigu reiterated commitment of the Russian side to engage actively with our MOD to ensure the success of the ‘Make-in-India’ programme,” the statement added.

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