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Kalashnikov AK-203

Assault Rifle

India | 2023

"The Kalashnikov AK-203 is an Indian-centric assault rifle designed at the end of the 2000s."

Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Kalashnikov AK-203. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
2,625 ft
800.1 m | 875.0 yds
2,395 ft/sec
730 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
The physical qualities of the Kalashnikov AK-203. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
940 mm
37.01 in
O/A Length
415 mm
16.34 in
Barrel Length
8.38 lb
3.80 kg
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt; Select-Fire.
30-round detachable box magazine; 50-round detachable quad-column magazine.
Iron Front and Rear; Supported Optics.
Notable series variants as part of the Kalashnikov AK-203 Assault Rifle family line.
AK-203 - Base Series Designation.
6P45-1 - Russian GRAU designation.

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The Kalashnikov AK-203 is a joint Indian-Russian assault rifle venture centered on the modern AK-103 system currently utilized by the Russian military. The design maintains the same 7.62x39mm cartridge chambering, as well as its general form-and-function, and provides the Indian military with a local, proven infantry-level solution. In 2022, it was announced that local, licensed production of the rifle was approved by Russia, opening the door to serial manufacture of the weapon to follow.

Development of this firearm took place from 2007 to 2010.

The current Indian Army standard-issue rifle is the indigenously designed, developed, and produced INSAS (detailed elsewhere on this site) chambered in the intermediate 5.56mm rifle cartridge. While effective, the round tends to lose its penetration qualities at medium-to-long ranges, reducing effectiveness of such a weapon in open-field warfare. The AK-203 would enhance penetration at-range through its full-power 7.62mm rifle caliber built around the proven Kalashnikov gas-operated action and easy-to-use/easy-to-maintain in-the-field pedigree.

The AK-203 sports a section of Picatinny rail over the frame as well as over and under the handguard, allowing for the installation of various optics, aimers, and other tactical accessories. The rifle maintains its iron sights as a back-up measure. A slotted muzzle brake is attached to the "business" end of the gun to aid in recoil. All controls (including charging handle) are set to the right side of the frame in the usual way (as is the ejection port). The weapon is fed by way of 30-round detachable box magazine though a 50-round capacity, quad-stacked magazine is also supported. The shoulder stock is "skeletal" and adjustable to reduce weight and allow for shooter customizability, respectively. As in other Kalashnikov assault rifles, the AK-203 features the identifiable over-barrel gas cylinder arrangement (its internal action is gas-operation with rotating bolt). Unloaded weight of the complete system is 3.8 kilograms.

Dimensions include an overall, extended length of 37 inches with a collapsed overall length of 27.8 inches. The barrel assembly measures 16.3 inches.

Rate-of-fire reaches approximately 700 rounds-per-minute and range is out to 800 meters (effective, maximum).

The addition of the new AK-203 will no doubt enhance Indian infantryman prowess in the field, particularly in the open warfare of the country's mountainous regions against such regional players as China and Pakistan.

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March 2022 - Russia has approved local, licensed production of its AK-203 in India.

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Contractor(s): Indo-Russia Rifles - India / Kalashnikov Concern - Russia
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