Saudi Arabia to Start Licensed Manufacturing of AK-103 Rifles

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According to Russian news agency TASS, as a result of the official visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia to Russia, a memorandum was signed between Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Russian Rosoboronexport State Corporation. The memorandum is about the purchasing of Russian arms and arranging licensed manufacturing of AK-103 rifles and various types of ammunition in Saudi Arabia.

Besides the memorandum, the two parties have also signed a contract with the general terms of arranging the licensed manufacturing of the mentioned firearm. There is no information concerning what types of ammunition Saudi Arabia will start producing based on the signed documents.


AK-103 is one of the 100-series AK rifles. It is similar to AK-74 in appearance, however, it is chambered in 7.62x39mm caliber. The AK-103 along with other variations of 100-series AK rifles have been exported to a number of countries. Its manufacturing has been earlier licensed to Venezuela. Reportedly, there are also ongoing negotiations to license the manufacturing to India, too.

Interesting to note that armed forces of Saudi Arabia already use the AK-103 rifles along with a huge diversity of other rifles in service. The licensing of the manufacturing is probably associated with the intention to increase the number of AK-103 rifles in the Saudi Arabian armed forces.

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  • Noob Noob on Oct 11, 2017

    AK. because rifle is fine.

  • Necron99 Necron99 on Oct 13, 2017

    The AK series is a dependable system. The 7.62x39 is better for penetration, it may fit their tactics better, and has more short range impact energy. The US and NATO need to drop the 5,56 ASAP, and develop/adopt a much better cartridge. Consider that US SF wanted to adopt the 7.62x39 until their 6.8 SPC was developed