, 22 January 2004
Desi rookie rifle claims don AK-47's throne
CHENNAI: Indian paramilitary forces will soon have a new assault rifle called AK-7 that will rival the ubiquitous AK-47.
The new equivalent to the popular AK-47 will be used by paramilitary forces like the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF), said P.K. Mishra, chairman of the Indian Ordnance Factories Board, in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday (where he participated in the centenary celebrations of the Cordite Factory).
The sophisticated India-designed rifle is getting ready to be used soon. Army sources said the AK-7 will give the AK-47—the most popular among assault rifles in the world—a run for its money.
Named after its inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov, the automatic 7.62-mm calibre AK-47 can fire 600 or more rounds per minute and has been modified half a dozen times.
The original AK-47 was not mobile but it was modified by equipping it with a metal stock so it could be carried by parachute troops and armoured troops.
The original did not have a bayonet either. It was later equipped with one.
However, despite all its shortcomings, no gun in the world is more preferred by standard armies and paramilitary forces (...)
Source: The Times of India