Today on December 6, the Russian and Indian defense ministers signed a contract at a meeting in New Delhi. The contract stipulates the production of over 600,000 AK-203 assault rifles in India to be used by the Indian Ministry of Defence.
In 2019, an intergovernmental agreement on joint Russian-Indian production of the Kalashnikov 200-series assault rifles was signed. The factory in Korwa (Uttar Pradesh) was inaugurated by Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India. Later on, production will be fully localized in India, which is an unprecedented step in line with the Make in India initiative by the Government of India.
"Russian and Indian experts spent three years optimizing the price and technological aspects of the project before it started. Now that the contract has been signed, we are ready to start production of modern AK-203s in Korwa within the next few months," commented Vladimir Lepin, General Director of the Kalashnikov Group.
This joint enterprise, called Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited, certainly opens a new page in Russian-Indian military-industrial cooperation.