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PM Modi inaugurates India-Russia JV to build Kalashnikov rifles in Amethi

The AK-203 will replace the indigenous INSAS rifles and AK-47 rifles that Indian Army soldiers currently carry

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Kalashnikov Rifles  |  Narendra Modi  |  Vladimir Putin

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

Taking a step towards equipping army soldiers with modern rifles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an Indo-Russian joint venture (JV) on Sunday that will manufacture the new Kalashnikov AK-203 rifle in Korwa, near Amethi.

In the third week of February, New Delhi and Moscow signed an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) to build the AK-203 in India. A contract is still to be signed, but the first of an estimated 750,000 AK-203 rifles are expected to roll off the production line in 2019. “During my official visit to India last October… Mr Modi and I reached the ...

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First Published: Sun, March 03 2019. 20:43 IST
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