Russia and India discuss joint weapons production

Russia and India have discussed prospects for military-technical cooperation, including joint production of modern weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
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Kalashnikov AK-203 in Russian basic configuration that includes a fixed buttstock and Picatinny rail, unlike the Indian standard model (Picture source: Kalashnikov)

The Russian-Indian Joint Venture BrahMos Aerospace is one of the examples of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India. The company produces the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which has been developed by Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (NPO Mashinostroeniya) and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The first test launch of the BrahMos missile took place in 2001. Its different versions are operational with India’s Navy, Air Force and Army. The Brahmos missile has been offered for export.

The Russian-Indian Joint Venture Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited in the Indian city of Korwa will at last launch the production of Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles in 7.62mm caliber by the end of 2022. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the creation of a joint Indian-Russian venture for the production of Kalashnikov rifles in March 2019. The joint venture Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) for producing the AK-203 was set up near the city of Korwa in Uttar Pradesh.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that he had discussed interaction in the nuclear energy sector with his counterpart and also noted cooperation between Russia and India in the space sector.