The government has firmed up plans with Russia to manufacture the famous Kalashnikov rifles in India for the Army, which now has changed specifications that allow AK-103 rifles to fit the bill.
- The Army, however, recently put out new specifications for a 7.62 calibre for its assault rifle of which a small number of a ‘hi-tech rifles’ will be imported for its frontline troops.
- The remaining, which would be in large numbers, is planned to be manufactured in India.
Kalashnikov Rifles :-
- The Kalashnikov AK-103 is meant for the second category, which would make it a mainstay of forces in the hinterland and counter-insurgency operations.
- According to the arrangement with Russia, a Kalashnikov factory will be set up in India in collaboration with the OFB (Ordnance Factories Board) to cater primarily to its military needs, though there would be no bar on export.
- The project will be a major image-makeover Kalashnikov rifles in India, which is better known for its deadly and efficient AK-47 variant.
About Kalashnikov AK-103 :-
- The rifle has a 500-metre range, which is exactly what the Army had specified and weighs about 3.5 kg.
- The rifle can be fitted with different sights and night-vision devices.