People familiar with the matter said on Friday that India has finalized an agreement with Russia to obtain a large quantity of AK103 series assault rifles for the Indian military in accordance with emergency procurement regulations. The Army is implementing a large-scale infantry modernization drive. Under the policy, a large number of light machine guns, combat carbines and assault rifles are being purchased to replace their old and outdated weapons.
“A transaction with Russia for the direct purchase of a batch of AK103 series assault rifles has been finalized,” said the aforementioned person, but did not specify the number of rifles or the purchase cost. There is no official announcement about this transaction. People familiar with the matter said the rifles were urgently purchased under emergency financial powers granted to three services.
In October 2017, the Indian Army began to purchase approximately 700,000 rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMG) and nearly 44,600 carbines. The government has prioritized military modernization, and infantry modernization has been initiated as part of a broader process to further enhance the Army’s combat capabilities.
At the same time, Secretary of Defense Rajnath Singh approved a proposal to publish the relevant details of the procurement of the three services on his website or the Ministry of Defense website. “In order to promote “business convenience” and provide greater transparency in the capital acquisition process, consistent with the industry’s wishes, Secretary of Defense Rajnath Singh approved a proposal requiring the Service Headquarters to publish relevant details at the Service Headquarters /The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that within one week of receiving the approval, the Ministry of Defense website.