The first batch of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles, manufactured through the collaborative efforts of the Russian-Indian IRRPL joint venture, is presently undergoing testing.
This information was divulged by Director Dmitry Shugayev of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation to TASS during the Dubai Airshow. "AK-203 rifles are being produced in India in accordance with contractual agreements, with their large-scale production officially underway. The initial batch has been successfully manufactured and is currently undergoing comprehensive testing procedures,” Shugayev said.
In January, Rosoboronexport had announced the commencement of AK-203 production at the IRRPL facility in Korwa.
Designed to utilize 7.62×39 rounds and compatible with AK-type magazines, the AK-203 boasts a weight of 3.8 kg and dimensions of 690 mm with a folded butt and 930 mm when the butt is extended. It exhibits a rapid rate of fire, capable of discharging 700 rounds per minute.