NEW DELHI, February 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern is in talks with several Indian companies on setting up joint ventures to produce small arms and high-precision weaponry, a company official said Thursday.
“India for us is a market with high potential…and we are marketing here all weapons on our production list, including assault rifles, sniper rifles and high-precision weapons,” Andrei Baryshnikov, Kalashnikov exports director, said at the DEFEXPO INDIA-2014 exhibition in New Delhi.
“Taking into account the specifics of Indian legislation, we are considering the possibility of establishing joint ventures on arms production. Talks are underway with specific companies,” Baryshnikov said.
He added that the possible ventures would be involved in production of combat weaponry as well as firearms for civilian use, including hunting rifles and shotguns.
The Kalashnikov Concern, one of the world’s largest firearms producers, makes the famed AK-47 assault rifle and its military derivatives.
The company also produces a wide range of civilian guns for sport shooting and hunting.
It recently signed a deal with a US firm to supply 200,000 firearms annually, and is looking to market aggressively its products worldwide.
MOSCOW, January 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Kalashnikov gun maker is planning to sell up to 200,000 hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns in the United States every year, the company said Monday.
The recently established Kalashnikov Concern, which includes Izhmash, Izhmekh and some other small-arms manufacturers under the famed Kalashnikov brand, is expected to sign an exclusive agreement with the Russian Weapon Company at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January.
According to estimates, Kalashnikov could sell up to 200,000 units in the US annually through RWC as an exclusive dealer, the company’s spokesperson Yelena Filatova said.
Izhmash, one of the world’s largest firearms manufacturers and the maker of Saiga rifles and shotguns, Biathlon target rifles and the legendary AK-47, appointed RWC Group LLC as its exclusive US importer during the 2012 SHOT Show.
Saiga rifles and shotguns are based on the classic, rugged and reliable Kalashnikov design. They are used primarily for hunting, target practicing and sporting competitions.
The Kalashnikov automatic rifle, adopted in 1949 as the AK-47. The AK is currently in service with armed forces in 106 countries. There are an estimated 70 million to 105 million Kalashnikov assault rifles of various modifications in the world. The AK-47 was top of the list of the most significant inventions of the 20th century according to a poll by France’s Liberation magazine, ahead of nuclear weapons and space technology.