A major boost to ‘Make In India’ as Amethi will have an Arms Factory
In a major boost to the government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh will have an Arms Factory and the unit would be manufacturing around 5 lakhs AK-203 assault rifles. The unit will also provide a plethora of employment opportunities.
In a major boost to the government’s “Make in India’ initiative, the Yogi-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday, announced that an Indo-Russian arms unit would be set up In Amethi. The factory would be set up at Korwa in Amethi and the unit would be manufacturing more than five lakhs Kalashnikov (AK-203) assault rifles.
This move is seen as a major move to make India’s defence sector self-reliant. India’s old ally Russia will play a crucial role in the entire move. The step will also provide a plethora of business opportunities to numerous small businesses and MSMEs and will further provide employment opportunities to a lot of people. The entire project will be implemented by a special purpose vehicle, the Indo-Russian Rifles Private Ltd (IRRPL) and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL) and Rosoboronexport of Russia (ROE), and Kalashnikov.
A government spokesperson also said that new 7.62 X 39mm caliber AK-203 rifles will replace the in-service INSAS rifles that were inducted nearly three decades ago. The new AK-203 assault rifles will have an effective range of about 300 meters and the best part about these new assault rifles is that they would be very lightweight as compared to their predecessors. As per defence experts, these Kalashnikov rifles are easy to use and will be laden with all the proven modern technologies to meet all the current combat challenges enhancing the effectiveness of the Indian Army during the counter-terrorism operations.
The project is also aimed at making Uttar Pradesh the key manufacturer in the defence prowess of India and is a major achievement of the Yogi-led BJP government in UP to establish a defence corridor.
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