The Central government on December 4 approved a plan to produce over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa, Uttar Pradesh.
The project plans on involving MSMEs and other defence industries for the supply of raw material and components. The 7.62 X 39 mm calibre AK-203 rifles will replace the three-decade old, in-service INSAS Rifle.
AK-203 assault rifles, with an effective range of 300 metres, are modern, lightweight assault rifles.
The project will be implemented by a joint venture called Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL). It has been created with erstwhile OFB, now known as Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL), and Rosoboronexport (RoE) and concern Kalashnikov of Russia.