Iran buys AK-103 assault rifles

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Iran’s Tasnim news agency has announced that the country has acquired AK-103 assault rifles from Russia. The exact quantity has not been disclosed.

The AK-103 has been in service since 2001 and is chambered for 7.62×39mm M43 rounds, similar to the older AKM. The AK-103 can be fitted with a variety of sights, including night vision and telescopic sights, plus a knife-bayonet or a grenade launcher. It uses plastic components where possible instead of wood or metal.

The announcement came one day after Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is ready to deepen ties with Iran in different spheres.