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India to manufacture AK rifles?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Slater, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. Slater

    Slater Well-Known Member

  2. George S.

    George S. Well-Known Member

    Why not? The wages are about as cheap as in China, the workers are pretty much careful and dedicated to their jobs.

    No different than US corporations outsourcing jobs to other countries. Dell Computers tech support phones go to India and AT&T Wireless Communications use India for their customer support.
  3. DougCxx

    DougCxx Well-Known Member

    I say that it's about time we had a high-quality precision AK variant.
    And we'll get top-notch phone support as well, no doubt.
  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Do you think the Indians will be nice enough to sell us their surplus FNs?
  5. Destructo6

    Destructo6 Well-Known Member

    It's not being "outsourced." The AK is being licensed to India for domestic use only, just like the AK was licensed to Romania, Egypt, Bulgaria, etc.
  6. Number 6

    Number 6 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know what caliber they are going to manufacture that AKs in?
  7. Slater

    Slater Well-Known Member

    This will be the standard 7.62x39mm flavor.
  8. DaveH

    DaveH Active Member

    Kind of off topic, but that is an interesting site.
    I like this one: "Thailand offers chickens for Russian arms"
  9. Jesse308

    Jesse308 Well-Known Member

    According to the article, "India is not entitled to exports the rifles to their countries." :(
  10. Destructo6

    Destructo6 Well-Known Member

    That was in reference to the license to produce AKs, meaning they can manufacture AKs for India's use, but cannot export them for international sales.

    IIRC, India did not receive a license to produce FALs from FN, so I'd be a bit leery of them.
  11. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Well-Known Member

    If their surplus 7.62 ammo is any indication of how good their weapons are...well, I'll pass!

    Good Shooting
  12. Number 6

    Number 6 Well-Known Member

    I'm just curious, but where did you get this? I know the INSAS is in 5.56 so a change over would be a pretty significant leap. Its certainly possible that they would change over, but I have not heard anything about such a switch.
  13. Slater

    Slater Well-Known Member

    India's counterterrorism forces (and various other assorted units) already use the AK-47 heavily, and in fact periodically import batches. One of the stated advantages of using it is the ability, when in "enemy" territory, to uuse captured ammunition if necessary. Also, they seem to like the 7.62x39 cartridge for what they perceive is a somewhat greater terminal effect.

    www.bharat-rakshak.com is a good source of Indian defense info.
  14. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy Well-Known Member

    They already heavily use Soviet weaponry (tanks, planes, etc) so this isn't exactly a shocker. The design works, they know it works, it's easy to make/fix/use, and their troop's training levels are about right for the AK to be "good enough" for their use. I don't know if they're gonna make one of the newer AK103 types or the old AKM. The AK103 would make sense (polymer stocks, folding stocks, slightly better made, etc), these are similar to the Russian issue AK74M in 5.45 except for the caliber.
  15. shoobe01

    shoobe01 Well-Known Member

    The INSAS has been made, in small quantities, for some years now. And in 5.56 as said above. I wonder if this is just a business deal; paperwork, with no actual production change. Like, instead of being sued over patent infringement or something, they agreed to license technology for the in-production INSAS rifles? Maybe.

    The FALs I see in service over there are as used as any gun I have ever seen.Apparently they work, but I don't want one to build up into a kit.
  16. Mk VII

    Mk VII Well-Known Member

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