100% ‘Made in India’ AK 203 rifle will bolster combat capabilities of soldiers : Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman wrote on Saturday in a Facebook post,  most advanced AK 203 rifles produced in Amethi will have remarkably improved performance parameters as compared to the INSAS rifle.

She stated that the AK 203 is “a successor of the historic AK 47 which continues to be in service in many militaries across the world.” She added that it will be manufactured employing improved metallurgy thereby achieving lighter weight (3.85 kgs), shorter length (932 mm) and modern ergonomics.

Pointing out the features of the advanced rifle, she said: “With an effective range of 300m, increased lethality and higher accuracy, the AK 203 rifle will add substantial firepower to our armed forces and bolster the combat capabilities of our soldiers in different scenarios, whether in counter-terrorists or conventional operations.” She added that the acquisition of these rifles by the armed forces is in consonance with the government’s aim to enhance defence preparedness.


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