Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov Group will be manufacturing AK-103 model rifles at a factory in Armenia. The manufacturer was awarded a 10 year contract back in 2018, and will start production of the rifles in July of this year inaugurating the opening of its factory. According to reports, the AK-103 model will be produced in the “tens of thousands”, while some sources put the number at around 50,000 rifles per year.
Some other sources also highlighted that besides the rifles, night-vision equipment will also be produced at a later date. Initially, the factory will provide 120 jobs, while the construction of another factory near the town of Abovyan will create 1,500 jobs and will see the production of bullets and reparation of military vehicles.