Meanwhile, in India, some experts are wondering how to deal with an Israeli-developed Tavor assault rifle factory built in the country. The plant was built in the cooperation of Indian Punj Lloyd and Israeli Israel Weapons Industries (IWI). It was originally planned to produce a whole line of weapons, consisting of X95, Tavor and Galil, as well as Negev machine guns. The work of the plant was associated with the campaign to replace the Indian automatic rifle Insas. Production has already started.
Now they are ready to make a bet on the Indian Defense Ministry on the Russian AK-103? And this calls into question the expediency of putting into operation the full capacity of the mentioned Indian-Israeli enterprise.
Apurva Chandra, Director General of the Procurement Department of the Ministry of Defense of India, notes that it is important for India not only to get the opportunity to independently produce modern weaponbut also create competition in the domestic market, leading to the development of technology.
It can be assumed that Indian specialists visited the production facilities in Izhevsk in order to agree on the possibility of acquiring an AK-103 production license in their own country, as they had previously received a similar license to manufacture modern small arms from Israel. In the end, the Indian authorities, guided by the “Made in India” program, can attract specialists so that, based on the technologies received from Israel and in the long term, the technologies received from the Russian Federation, try again to create some kind of hybrid that India initially sees as “better” than what is produced abroad. What comes out of it in the Indian case ... can show experience with the same Insas.