Stung By Rafale Allegations, Government Says No To Adani Being Part Of Rifle Contract With Russia
Stung By Rafale Allegations, Government Says No To Adani Being Part Of Rifle Contract With RussiaIndian Army soldiers. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Ministry of Defence has conveyed a rather clear message to their Russian counterparts that no private sector organisation will be involved in producing the AK-103 assault rifles, after the Rafale deal with Reliance Defence has backfired for the government, being accused of crony capitalism.

In a clear message, the MoD has told the Russians that Adani Defence cannot be a part of the deal, and that the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will be closing the deal and producing the weapons.

Last week, the Indian Army announced that it will be acquiring 7.62x39mm AK-103 assault rifles, which are a derivative of the legendary AK-47 rifles. Earlier this month, the Russian firm Kalashnikov Concern proposed that they should tie-up with Adani Defence to manufacture the rifles, to which the MoD has given a clear no.

Having a killing range of over 300 metres, the new AK deal will be worth a whooping 12,000 crore rupees. This is being emphasised by the government as a “Make in India” project since the criticism of not handing over the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited still remains a hot political issue.

Also Read: Why Accusing The Government Of Favouring Reliance In The Rafale Deal Defies Logic

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