D. Ratan Lal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chhattisgarh, with Ordnance Factory Tiruchi General Manager K. Appa Rao, showing the Make in India AK 47 Assault Rifle.
Pune 20 Mar 2017 (PCP NEWS) : We have developed a powerful individual AK 47 Automatic Assault Rifle Weapon, with designed to destroy the enemy in Automatic and Single Fire mode, said K. Appa Rao, General Manager, Ordnance Factory Tiruchi (OFT), on the occasion of the 216th Ordnance Factories Day celebration and the delivery of first lot of ingenuously developed Assault Rifle, AK-47, to Chhattisgarh Police at the Ordnance Factory Tiruchi (OFT) campus here.
Appa Rao further said that Army and Central Armed Paramilitary Forces were shifting towards 7.62 mm Caliber Rifles with Automatic Firing for having high probability to incapacitate and kill the enemy in Counter-Insurgency operations, it took 18 months to complete ‘7.62 x 39 mm Assault Rifle Project’, and was equivalent and on a par with advanced AK-47 rifles in performance and reliability. It is a powerful individual automatic weapon designed to destroy the enemy in automatic and single fire mode, said Rao.
While describing about the new AK 47, Rao said that, this rifle is manufactured in three variants, FIXED BUTT, SIDE FOLD-ABLE BUTT and UNDER FOLDING, the user has the option to choose it as per requirement. This weapon uses 7.62 x 39 mm Ammunition made by Ordnance Factory, Varangoan, Bhushawal. It can be fired in Single Shot, Automatic and Burst Fire Mode, when used in automatic mode, it can fire 600 Rounds per minute, said Rao.
Rao also added that, By firing in Automatic Mode in Short Series, group or single targets at a distance up to 500 meters could be destroyed, It was most effective up to a distance of 300 meters. As the design permitted attaching with a 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher UBGL and 40 x 46 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher UBGL M6, Moreover there were inherent advantages of engineering support from OFT and adequate availability of ammunition and spares. The OFT received orders for AK-47 from police departments from a few States, the production and assembly lines were being established for mass production. Ordnance Factories across the country were concentrating on in-house research and development. Modernization of plant and machinery was another major thrust area, said Rao. Later, Rao inaugurated an exhibition on weapons and photographs.
Mr. Rao said police departments in many States, including Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, were fighting against Maoists. The central armed paramilitary forces and elite forces such as Special Task Force, CRPF, Border Security Force and the elite forces of Army in the order of Rashtriya Rifles, Assam Rifles were using imported AK-47 and other AK series rifles for counter insurgency operations against Kashmir militants and other extremist forces. The first lot of this new AK 47 Assualt Rifle was handed over to D. Ratan Lal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chhattisgarh. PCP/DJ 11 30