WEAPONS

Delegation of Indian Ministry of Defense visits "Kalashnikov" Concern

25 April

The delegation of the Ministry of Defense of India led by director general of the department of acquisitions Apurwa Chandra visited the construction site of the "Kalashnikov" Concern in Izhevsk.

During the visit, the representatives of the Indian party were shown the plant with modern organization of production of different series of Kalashnikov automatic rifles. Moreover, the guests were able to try various modifications of weapons manufactured at the concern on the shooting ground.

"Like the rest of the world, the Indian army is quite familiar with the legendary Kalashnikov automatic rifles. Today we've had a great chance to see the whole production cycle of these weapons and to try them personally. We saw that the plant can produce high-performance weapons consistently and in series. Kalashnikov rifles of the newest series are constructed here, and we are now confident that there is also a great potential for manufacturing prospective models in the future," noted Apurwa Chandra after the examination of the concern's production lines.

The Kalashnikov automatic rifles, which are now being exported, meet all requirements set for modern weapons and are the ideal modification of Kalashnikov automatic rifles produced in series. Besides delivering ready-made products, Rosoboronexport also supports the organization and licensed production of weapons on the territory of foreign customers. Countries of Asia and Latin America with the support of Rosoboronexport annually produce tens of thousands of items of Kalashnikov rifles under the license.

"We are ready to assist the Indian party in the construction of a plant in India similar to the one examined today by Mr. Chandra and the delegation for manufacturing the supplied weapons and further modifications of Kalashnikov rifles. Rosoboronexport has a successful experience in organizing similar manufacturing abroad. As a partner Rosoboronexport is ready to cooperate with any Indian state or private enterprise upon the choice of the Ministry of Defense of India," informed Aleksandr Mikheev, director general of Rosoboronexport.

"The "Kalashnikov" Concern has demonstrated our Indian partners the possibilities of our modernized production, its effectiveness, flexibility, ability to quickly master new product manufacturing, as well as its ability to raise its volumes sharply in case of additional orders. We specifically emphasized the readiness to insure the transfer of technologies for the production of our weapons to any enterprise of defense industry of India, even within tight deadlines. We hope the issue of organization of Kalashnikov rifles production on the territory of India will be solved quickly and specific decisions will be made so that we could start realizing our mutually beneficial intentions," added Arkady Privalov, deputy CEO of the "Kalashnikov" Concern.

One of the main activities of JSC Rosoboronexport (which enters the State Corporation Rostekh) is assisting in the organization of production of military goods designed by enterprises of the Russian military industrial complex.

During the official visit to Russia, the director general of acquisitions of the Ministry of Defense of India Apurwa Chandra visited industrial enterprises and held various negotiations on prospective projects of collaboration. The Indian delegation had already examined the National Center of Helicopters Construction in Moscow, JSC "Baltic shipbuilding plant "Yantar" in Kaliningrad, JSC "Concern VKO "Almaz-Antey" in Saint Petersburg, JSC "Aviastar-SP" (PJSC "S.V. Ilyushin Aviation Complex" in Ulyanovsk).

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