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India may scrap 6.5 lakh Ak-203 rifle deal, and opt for SSS Defence's upcoming 7.62mm Ak type Rifle

Source : IgMp Bureau

India may scrap 6.5 lakh Ak-203 rifle deal, and opt for SSS Defence's upcoming 7.62mm Ak type Rifle
SSS Defence 7.62 x 39mm Ak type Assault Rifle under development (Above) and Russian Ak-203 Assault Rifle on offer to the Indian Army (Bottom)


The much-awaited local production of 6.5 lakh 7.62 x 39 millimeters Russian Kalashnikov Ak-203 Assault Rifles was scheduled to begin production in March 2022.

But now, IgMp has learned that the officials associated with the project have pointed out that this long-delayed deal could be postponed further or could be scrapped altogether at any time.

On the other hand, Indian Private Sector firm SSS Defense is all set to unveil a new 7.62 x 39 millimeters rifle which is a modification of the company's existing P-72 Rapid Engagement Combat Rifle (RECR) and will be an improvement over the Russian Kalashnikov rifles and its derivatives such as the Ak-203.

Recently SSS Defense bagged the contract to modify Indian Army Ak-47 variants and they have already delivered the modifications kits to the Indian Army. Indian Army is said to have been impressed with the quality of modification kits delivered by the firm.

Repeated delays in price negotiations and technology transfer agreements with the Russians over Ak-203 may force MoD and the Indian Army to go for indigenous firm SSS Defense made upcoming Ak type 7.62mm Assault Rifle.

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