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AK-203 deal: India starts producing new assault rifles under Russian license

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India begins production of AK-203 assault rifles. The Indian side had to speed up the process of signing the treaty due to the serious aggravation of relations with neighboring China.


AK-203 assault rifles begin to be produced at the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited joint Russian-Indian venture in the state of Uttar Pradesh). First, the first 20 thousand AK-203s are imported from Russia at a price of about $ 1100 apiece, and the rest of the AK-203 will be produced at an Indian enterprise. By the way, 42% of shares in Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited are owned by the Russian concern Kalashnikov, another 7,5% of shares are owned by Rosoboronexport, but the controlling stake remains with India - 50,5% of the shares are held by the Indian side.

According to the plans of the Indian military, the AK-203 assault rifle should replace the Indian INSAS assault rifle, which is inferior to the Kalashnikov in a number of characteristics. AK-203 - more reliable weapon, which does not have so many problems and is characterized by light weight, versatility and more accurate shooting results.

According to many experts, the production of AK-203 in Uttar Pradesh under a Russian license will allow not only to arm practically all army and police units in India. Thanks to the production of this machine, Russia will permanently strengthen its position in the Indian small arms market. And this, in turn, and political points: now Russia and the United States continue to compete with France on the Indian arms market, but Russian weapons account for up to 70% of all weapons used by the Indian armed forces, so it is very profitable for Moscow to retain certain market segments.

It is worth noting that the Indian army pays special attention to the contract for the AK-203. Suffice it to draw attention to the fact that not so long ago, Major General Sanjiv Sengar was appointed as the new general director of the plant where the machines will be produced. He is the current senior officer of the Indian army, but was appointed director of the plant, and this indicates that the military department is going to impose strict order at the enterprise and ensure the fastest production of the required number of machine guns.

As you know, until recently, the Indian military was not very happy with how small arms are produced at enterprises. In pursuit of profit, civilian manufacturers produced not very high-quality weapons, but now, when India is threatened with confrontation with China, it is impossible to take risks and supply the army with lower quality assault rifles. India has always had a trusting and respectful attitude towards Russian weapons, and even the recent disputes over the contract for the supply of the Su-57 have not changed this attitude.

Now, in addition to the modernization of small arms, the Defense Procurement Council of India, which is personally led by the Minister of Defense, has also taken up the issue of improving unmanned aerial vehicles, which are in service with the Indian Air Force. We are talking about 90 Israeli-made Haron UAVs. The Indian military department is going to equip drones with strike weapons to destroy targets on the ground.
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  1. Thrifty
    Thrifty 1 September 2020 14: 24
    +2
    The Hindus seem to be really ready to fight against the Chinese and Pakistanis. From the past friendship, only memories remained. ..
    1. Ragnar Lodbrok
      Ragnar Lodbrok 1 September 2020 14: 34
      14
      When they have friendship with the Chinese
      The Sino-Indian Border War is a highland border conflict between the PRC and India in the fall of 1962.
      On May 5, 2020, an armed clash occurred in the Ladakh region, while patrolling the border.
      and were Pakistanis?
      First Indo-Pakistani War (First Kashmir War; 1947-1949)
      Second Indo-Pakistani War (Second Kashmir War; 1965)
      Third Indo-Pakistani War (1971) - linked to the War of Independence of Bangladesh

      "Kalashnikov" only we do well as a weapon, the rest are all handicrafts of young model designers at the level of an elementary school circle.
      1. Turist1996
        Turist1996 1 September 2020 16: 42
        +2
        "It reminds me vaguely
        Indo-Pakistani incident .. "
        (c) V.S. Vysotsky.
      2. Boris Chernikov
        Boris Chernikov 1 September 2020 17: 35
        +3
        there are still two things that save us: the presence of nuclear weapons on both sides and the understanding that the wrong people cannot fight ..
        1. Alf
          Alf 1 September 2020 19: 29
          +1
          Quote: Boris Chernikov
          understanding that the wrong people do not know how to fight ..

          Why can't they? In the Indo-Pakistani wars, both sides fought well enough.
      3. Captain Pushkin
        Captain Pushkin 1 September 2020 18: 12
        +1
        Quote: Ragnar Lothbrok
        "Kalashnikov" only we do well as a weapon, the rest are all handicrafts of young model designers at the level of an elementary school circle.

        Do you have any complaints about the quality of licensed machines in Finland or Bulgaria?
      4. parma
        parma 3 September 2020 08: 25
        0
        Quote: Ragnar Lothbrok
        "Kalashnikov" only we do well as a weapon, the rest are all handicrafts of young model designers at the level of an elementary school circle.

        Uh ... no, many experts compare modern QC products in quality with Romanian and Hungarian (and they are not the best) .. before the collapse of the union and the Department of Internal Affairs, ours, the GDR and Bulgarian ... Bulgarians and now maintain the quality and their price tag is very acceptable (about 10 years ago, the Americans bought a batch for the Iraqi army at $ 65 per piece) ...
    2. Pandiurin
      Pandiurin 1 September 2020 16: 02
      -3
      Yes, it seems that the Indians have caught the virus of militarism, they are aggressive and dangerous for their neighbors. It is not clear why they need it. The Chinese somehow look more adequate and reasonable in this situation.
    3. Husit
      Husit 1 September 2020 16: 43
      0
      Quote: Thrifty
      The Hindus seem to be really ready to fight against the Chinese and Pakistanis. From the past friendship, only memories remained. ..

      I don’t think, even though they’re still ragged, but everyone perfectly understands how it can end .. Here I think the United States is teasing and stirring up .. Seal and dominate their world earnings, that's how they live ..
      And the fact that the license was bought is good .. And then I remember the legendary "Kalash" half of the world produced, bought in a pirate way! And yet, our Automatic machine keeps the world brand!
      I saw the test of a pistol "Boa constrictor" recently, it was something that they froze it to -100 and smeared it with dust in the mud .. It shoots and davolno still heaped softly, the beginner hits the target ..
    4. smart ass
      smart ass 1 September 2020 18: 10
      0
      I'm ready to buy a couple of pieces for 1100 dollars
  2. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 1 September 2020 14: 37
    +2
    He is the current senior officer of the Indian army, but was appointed director of the plant, and this indicates that the military department is going to impose strict order at the enterprise and ensure the fastest production of the required number of machine guns.

    Well, I don't know ... As far as I remember my own impressions of the service, the army is a mess with periodic fires during a flood. recourse Although, maybe it is different in India? request
    1. Alexander Drobyshev
      Alexander Drobyshev 1 September 2020 15: 18
      +3
      Good day. In the Indian army, everything is exactly the same, only with a corresponding dance and song
    2. Alf
      Alf 1 September 2020 19: 31
      +3
      Quote: Vasyan1971
      As far as I remember my own impressions of the service, the army is a mess with periodic fires during a flood. Although, maybe it is different in India?

      You might think other people live outside of Russia ... Suffice it to recall the story with crooked trunks for Abrams in the first Gulf War.
  3. saygon66
    saygon66 1 September 2020 14: 46
    +4
    - Now our friends - Indians will mow down our friends - Chinese from these machines!
    - Some kind of Shiza ... request
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 1 September 2020 14: 57
      +1
      The main thing is not us. And this is a somewhat strange statement: Thanks to the production of this machine, Russia will permanently strengthen its position in the Indian small arms market. With their controlling stake, what are our strong positions. Is that not a complete cycle.
      1. Boris Chernikov
        Boris Chernikov 1 September 2020 17: 36
        0
        well, at least the fact that it will be easier for them, say, to upgrade the AK-203 than to think about purchasing new assault rifles ..
    2. Kart
      Kart 1 September 2020 15: 08
      +5
      Our real friends are our own army and the military-industrial complex.
      All other temporary companions.
    3. asua164
      asua164 1 September 2020 15: 10
      +5
      - Now our friends - Indians will mow down our friends - Chinese from these machines!
      - Some kind of Shiza ... request


      Nothing, nothing, normal business
      Did the Chinese push trunks and ammunition to dushmans through third hands, at one time? And it's okay
      1. saygon66
        saygon66 1 September 2020 15: 20
        +1
        - Then the times were different! The Chinese communists officially fought against "revisionists" and "hegemonists" ....
        - It was later that Gorbachev and Dan became friends ... smile
    4. smart ass
      smart ass 1 September 2020 18: 11
      +1
      We have no friends, we have business and national interests
      1. Alf
        Alf 1 September 2020 19: 34
        +2
        Quote: Clever man
        We have no friends, we have business and national interests

        General Levashov once said-Russian politics is subordinated to the interests of big business.
        1. lelik613
          lelik613 2 September 2020 05: 55
          0
          Not big, but rather STRANGE.
    5. Alf
      Alf 1 September 2020 19: 32
      +3
      Quote: saygon66
      - Now our friends - Indians will mow down our friends - Chinese from these machines!
      - Some kind of Shiza ... request

      To call both those and those "friends" is a clear exaggeration.
  4. Pavel57
    Pavel57 1 September 2020 15: 02
    +1
    The Indians will now have a Kalash chambered for a powerful cartridge.
    1. Alexander Drobyshev
      Alexander Drobyshev 1 September 2020 19: 41
      +1
      The Indians had AKM assault rifles before; in 1990-92, about 100 thousand AKM assault rifles were purchased in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Israel.
  5. Sergey Obraztsov
    Sergey Obraztsov 1 September 2020 15: 18
    0
    Great news. It's nice that this is exactly the version for our standard 7.62
    By the way, the question is - Where will the Indians take the cartridges? And what are the main calibers in the army?
    1. Alexander Drobyshev
      Alexander Drobyshev 1 September 2020 16: 30
      +1
      The main calibers in India remained the same as before, they are 9x19 mm, 5,56x45 mm, 7,62x39 mm and 7,62x51 mm. During the rearmament from the Ishapore IAI rifle to INSAS in 1990-92, about 100 thousand AKM assault rifles were purchased in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Israel, so that the production of the 7,62x39mm cartridge in India has been established.
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  6. Pavel57
    Pavel57 1 September 2020 15: 44
    +1
    By 2005, the Indian armed forces had received about 500 thousand INSAS assault rifles.
    In April 2015, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of India decided to replace the 137 battalions of the central reserve police with INSAS assault rifles (by this time, over 40% of the small arms of these battalions) were in service with more reliable AK-103 assault rifles (during the operation of weapons, it was installed that the number of failures when firing from AK-103 is 0,02%, while the number of failures when firing from INSAS is 3%)

    The cartridge for INSAS is 5,56 × 45 mm.
  7. Incvizitor
    Incvizitor 1 September 2020 16: 29
    0
    1100 dollars apiece
    wow price ... is it with a body kit already?
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  8. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 1 September 2020 17: 15
    +2
    The new Russian AK-203 is a deadly weapon with excellent performance, writes the American magazine The National Interest.

    The publication notes that a plant for the production of AK-203 opened in India last week. This machine should replace the Indian INSAS, which is significantly inferior to it in a number of characteristics.

    Finally, the Indians stopped playing Vanka, and adopted a normal weapon))
    1. Alexander Drobyshev
      Alexander Drobyshev 1 September 2020 19: 35
      0
      Good day. No, they have not stopped ... Together with the AK-203 (and in the future AK-204) chambered for 7,62x39 mm, they also purchased the American-Swiss Sig 716 rifles for 7,62x51 mm, Caracal CAR 816 CQB carbines chambered for cartridge 5,56 , 45x7 mm from the Emirates and Israeli IWI Negev Ng7,62 machine guns chambered for 51xXNUMX mm.



      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith 1 September 2020 20: 01
        0
        Well, it's okay to buy weapons of different systems, in many countries this is the case, including here.
        1. Alexander Drobyshev
          Alexander Drobyshev 1 September 2020 20: 52
          +1
          For all normal countries, the norm is to produce it for themselves, and not buy it abroad at exorbitant prices from different manufacturers, after all, spare parts also cost money.
          1. Lord of the Sith
            Lord of the Sith 2 September 2020 00: 50
            +1
            Hindus are abnormal, their weapons do not come out))
  9. Captain Pushkin
    Captain Pushkin 1 September 2020 18: 14
    0
    Quote: Pandiurin
    Yes, it seems that the Indians have caught the virus of militarism, they are aggressive and dangerous for their neighbors. It is not clear why they need it. The Chinese somehow look more adequate and reasonable in this situation.

    Actually, it was the Chinese who chopped off Indian territories, and not vice versa.
  10. EMMM
    EMMM 1 September 2020 19: 40
    0
    Quote: Lord of the Sith
    The publication notes that a plant for the production of AK-203 opened in India last week. This machine should replace the Indian INSAS, which is significantly inferior to it in a number of characteristics.

    Finally, the Indians stopped playing Vanka, and adopted a normal weapon))

    The normal development of the situation in a state of tension between the two major powers. The conflict is not beneficial to us, moreover, it can increase the chance of interference of "our partners" in the Taiwan problem. I think that's a normal step. Your opinion?
  11. yfast
    yfast 1 September 2020 20: 08
    0
    It is not clear why the model was designated 203. It is clear, more or less, why the AK-47 AK-74. And then immediately 203, a weapon of the 23rd century? So there we will be fighting with sticks.
  12. aszzz888
    aszzz888 2 September 2020 05: 25
    0
    Well, finally, the Indians danced and sang 203! bully