The Russian-Indian joint venture started production of AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles, deliveries to the Indian army will begin in the near future, the press service of Rosoboronexport told reporters on Tuesday.

“Korwa Ordnance Factory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, has produced the first batch of 7.62 mm Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles. The beginning of deliveries to the Indian Army is expected soon. At the same time, the factory’s capacity makes it possible to fully equip the personnel of other law enforcement agencies in India with AK-203 assault rifles, which, due to their high adaptability, are suitable for various operators. In addition, the joint venture will be able to export its products to third countries,” the press service quoted Director General of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev as saying.

According to the company’s report, “The joint venture plans to ensure 100% localization of the production of AK-203 rifles in India. In the future, the company may also increase output and upgrade its production facilities to manufacture advanced rifles based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle platform.”

“Russia and India are linked by strong partnership relations. Military-technical cooperation between the two countries has resulted in the construction of the joint venture Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited. With the launch of series production of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles, high-quality, convenient and modern small arms will begin to enter service with India’s defense and law enforcement agencies. The model combines excellent ergonomics, adaptability to different shooters and high performance characteristics, it is one of the best assault rifles in the world,” General Director of Rostec Sergey Chemezov said.

Rosoboronexport noted that the AK-200-series assault rifles have retained all its traditional advantages, “reliability, durability and ease of maintenance. At the same time, they fully meet the latest requirements for firearms in the world in terms of ergonomics and the ability to mount high-tech additional equipment.”