Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Limited – a factory which will manufacture the latest series of AK assault rifles, in Korwa area of Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency being represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
During his first visit to the constituency as Prime Minister, he declared that one of the most advanced rifles in world AK-203 will be made in Amethi and it will be made by a joint-venture of India and Russia. AK-203, a latest derivative of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, Modi expressed hope that it would boost the development of the town.
“One of the most advanced rifles in world AK-203 will be made in Amethi. It will be made by a joint-venture of India and Russia. I express my gratitude to my friend President Vladimir Putin, this venture was made possible in such a short time by his support,” he said while addressing a gathering.
These rifles will be known as ‘made in Amethi’ and will help our jawans in encounters with naxals and terrorists, the prime minister added.According to reports, India has signed a deal with a Russian firm to manufacture 750,000 of these assault rifles, which would be given to the Army’s infantry troops. The project will be undertaken at the ordinance factory that was established in 2010.
In his special message on the occasion, which was read out by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “the new joint venture will manufacture world famous Kalashnikov assault rifles of the newest 200 series and eventually will reach full localization of production. Thus, the Indian defence-industrial sector will have the opportunity to fulfill the needs of national security agencies in this category of small arms, resting upon advanced Russian technologies.”