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AK-203, preparing to come into service with the army, is called "good helpers" in India


According to a previously concluded contract between Russia and India, not only the supply of finished Kalashnikov assault rifles of a new version from Russia is provided, but also their production in India itself. Major General Sengar, who heads the Indian representative office of the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) joint venture, said earlier that the first batch of AK-203 assault rifles will be produced in India in 2020, and the production process itself will last 10 years. The previously announced production capacity of the Indian plant was confirmed - up to 75 thousand AK-203 annually.

The Indian side notes that as the AK-203 assault rifles arrive in various types and types of troops, the issue of INSAS assault rifles will be addressed. it weapon, which was originally conceived as a platform for both machine guns and light machine guns.

However, in the process of manufacturing and arming the Indian army, it was decided to refuse the option of INSAS light machine guns. Not the last role was played by complaints from the military. These complaints were that the weapon is not very reliable. In particular, it behaves unstably in dusty conditions - it malfunctions, quickly clogging and requiring cleaning.

In such a situation, as they say in India itself, the Russian AK-203 become "good helpers" for units of the Indian army, which are deployed in areas with difficult climatic conditions. The unpretentiousness of Kalashnikov assault rifles and the reliability of operation even in dusty (sand) storms make it possible to increase the combat effectiveness of units, including in border areas.

It should be noted that since the late 1990s, the Indian Army received more than half a million INSAS assault rifles, and their production has not been completely phased out. In connection with the purchase of a batch of AK-203 in the Russian Federation with the deployment of production of such weapons in India itself, the INSAS rifles, apparently, will be completely discontinued. At the same time, the question of what to do with the hundreds of thousands of INSAS that are in service as a result is not resolved in India. One of the proposals voiced - put up for sale.
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  1. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 April 17 2020 11: 55 New
    Finally, the dancers stopped curbing themselves and made the right decision ... the rest can be turned over for scrap and this is a big benefit than keeping INSAS or trying to boil it for someone ...
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee April 17 2020 12: 14 New
      Kalashnikov and in India Kalashnikov! soldier
    2. Peter is not the first
      Peter is not the first April 17 2020 21: 55 New
      Gypsies (Indians) are able to bargain, they will endure the whole brain, but they will sell their INSAS to someone.
      I hope that these buyers will not be us. wink
      But seriously, the market for automatic weapons is always in the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa. There are enough hot spots in the world, and you can sell at a discount.
  2. Paul Siebert
    Paul Siebert April 17 2020 12: 22 New
    Even the INSAS rifle itself has a lot of borrowing from our AK.
    Stamped receiver, locking unit with a rotary mechanism, gas vent mechanism.
    And while INSAS did not shoot in continuous bursts, only with a cut-off of three shots.
    So, adopting our AK is a reasonable idea.
    It will be more reliable in the conditions of the Indian subtropics ...
  3. sanik2020
    sanik2020 April 17 2020 12: 34 New
    They just watched REMBO-2 carefully and realized that if rambo without Kalash was in any way, then even more so.
  4. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith April 17 2020 13: 07 New
    No wonder the Indians failed, where did they get the weapons school from?

    Wang, that in the program of the Su-57 will return. Hindus are not able to independently develop and produce sophisticated weapons, only in partnership. Closer and come back.
    1. V.I.P.
      V.I.P. April 17 2020 14: 04 New
      With a 5th generation airplane, they have a choice. They can buy F-35s, they can join the program with South Korea (South Korea and Indonesia plan to create a 5th generation airplane, they are now sharing in what proportion money is invested), they can with Japan (it changes the legislation regarding the army and selling arms abroad) . India has money so far, which means there is a choice ....
      India buys French "Rafali", patrol "Poseidons" with anti-ship missiles "Harpoon" and anti-submarine torpedoes Mk.54 and bombs Mk.82. Purchases Apache attack aircraft, purchases C-130J, C-17A and C295W military transport aircraft, CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, purchases a European A330MRTT tanker aircraft, purchases Scorpio TGT rifles from Beretta (instead of SVD) and M95 from Barrett, buys LMG machine guns chambered for 7.62x51 mm. This is one of the versions of the Negev machine gun (to replace the PKM), purchases South Korean K9 Thunder self-propelled guns, purchases American towed howitzers M-777, purchases South Korean K30 Biho self-propelled air defense systems, purchases American NASAMS-II air defense systems.
      At the same time, the Russian samples participating in these tenders lost.
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith April 17 2020 14: 54 New
        Lost, because the rollback is not so bold and that's it. And in the army they have a zoo.
        1. tracer
          tracer April 18 2020 05: 10 New
          My statement was directly expressed earlier. Why is there such variety in their army? In cartridge logistics, you can move. This threatens that the troops will be left without ammunition at the right time and in the right place. Say at least a hundred times that there are better cartridges than 7,62 x54R, but I always prefer to take SVD, because you can always get hold of them from machine gunners. "Snipers" were never given to us all the same. So that the gypsies rule ... there are more trinkets and brighter ones.
      2. awdrgy
        awdrgy April 17 2020 18: 19 New
        F35 ??? - yes, from this cuttlefish a 5th generation airplane as a programmer from me Koreans and Indonesians plan to plan and buy cuttlefish The Japanese can invent and invent (but what is their school of aircraft manufacturing?) - anyway they will start their own Americans again Cuttlefish So without 5th generation options is just to take with us, well, or China with our engines (though they will not sell to Indians)
        1. awdrgy
          awdrgy April 17 2020 18: 24 New
          In general, they have an option - to buy from amers f16 with some kind of letter closer to the end of the alphabet and declare it the 5th generation - everything is better than cuttlefish) That is, everything is just "crooks", but they take norms
        2. V.I.P.
          V.I.P. April 17 2020 18: 41 New
          It is this aircraft that meets all the requirements of the 5th generation, which is not present in the SU-57 (engine, radar, full range of missile and bomb weapons for in-fuselage placement) at this stage. The number of countries buying "Penguin" is impressive ... Sly Jews, too, take it with their electronic equipment and ammunition. And you can fool these hell. Although they could have also taken the F-16/15. In that region, the opponents do not have aviation to compete with the Israeli. But they still buy 35 ... ....
          1. awdrgy
            awdrgy April 17 2020 18: 50 New
            Yes, he doesn’t squeeze 2000 either. Probably, the U-2 can also be brought up to the 5th generation. that cuttlefish-et nitsche main stealth!
            1. awdrgy
              awdrgy April 17 2020 18: 55 New
              This cuttlefish bomber 80s of the 20th century can not catch up)))
  5. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek April 17 2020 13: 38 New
    And what is his caliber?
    1. ssergey1978
      ssergey1978 April 17 2020 15: 31 New
      In the photo 7.62x39
  6. Cananecat
    Cananecat April 17 2020 14: 35 New
    Curvature of the lens or the barrel of the "Kalash" in the picture led? ))
    1. Catfish
      Catfish April 17 2020 14: 47 New
      It looks like he was stuffed into a thermal furnace. laughing
      1. Cananecat
        Cananecat April 17 2020 14: 51 New
        Rather, a refrigerator, there are traces of corrosion on the spirit of "nails", which means condensation, which means sub-zero temperatures ...
  7. Finn
    Finn April 17 2020 17: 23 New
    Automatic, machine gun copy is not difficult. It’s hard to make a trunk. More specifically metal. They and the Chinese put a horse in front of the cart. Develop metallurgy and after 30 years you will be able to understand why Kalash is reliable and why aluminum planes of the Russian aircraft do not melt at 1000 degrees, but about 500.
  8. cat Rusich
    cat Rusich April 17 2020 20: 55 New
    "Old" friend (AK-203) - better than two new ones (2pcs INSAS).
    1. tracer
      tracer April 18 2020 05: 13 New
      "Hindi-Rusi Bhai Bhai .."
  9. av58
    av58 April 18 2020 14: 59 New
    Another example that everyone should mind their own business. It is right for Indians to be programmers, make medicines, grow pineapples, do yoga, etc., but they do not need to make weapons and complex equipment. Everything that they "design" and "produce" can be used only out of complete hopelessness, or better as an example of how not to do it.