Saudi Arabian Army (Picture source: Middle East Monitor file photo).

Saudi Arabia will soon receive a shipment of AK-103 assault rifles, Head of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov said at the IDEX-2019 International Defense Exhibition.

“The contract is in already in effect. The supplies are about to begin, all items are ready and we will ship them off soon,” he said.

According to Chemezov, a second contract for the licensed production of the AF-103 rifles will soon be signed with Saudi Arabia. “In the near future, we will start to build a plant. The localization level is currently being negotiated,” he noted.

Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec) Director General Alexander Mikheyev said earlier that a joint project for manufacturing the AK-103 rifles in Saudi Arabia would be agreed on by mid-2019.

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Daeshbags-Sux
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Actually, they already use AK-103, it’s a new batch and building a plant is on the table for a while.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, a result of the visit of King Salman to Russia. They signed a contract that licensed manufacturing of the AK-103 in 2017. e.g. Saudi special forces in Yemen are armed with Russian AK 103. Seems the Bani Saud are pleased and will increase use.

p.s. The Bani Saud also bought lots of Soviet style gear for their destabilization wars. Interestingly the Guardians of Religion Organization (Tanẓīm Ḥurrās ad-Dīn) alleged IS or Qaeda linked has AK-103.

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And you also forget that Iran bought an “undisclosed [huge] number” of AK-103… Haven’t you noticed the ISIS weapons stockpile seized? Iranian AM-50 high caliber sniper rifle and Iranian AK-47 copies are very very very common… You’ve also seen many AK-103 in Daesh-Libya hands and prior to 2017 when… Iran was the sole Mid-East countries having purchased AK-103 in numbers. except them, only Bashar’s police SWAT were equipped = small numbers. And you surely know that the main actors at doing the false flags to destabilise Libya were Quds-Force and Qatar’s SOFs, so Libyan extremists did received AK-103 neither from… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, Yes Iran bought but the Syrian police has the AK-103 and they were also sold to Libya. https://securityscholar.org/2011/10/31/update-ii-ak-103-exports-to-libya/ detail of the receiver https://securityscholar.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/update-ak-103-exports-to-libya/
Supplier, ‘Rosoboronexport’…The customer is listed as ‘Procurement Department, Tripoli, Libya’.
So pointing only to Iran is not convincing as source for IS. CAR pointed to normal path: USA/KSA bought, gave to vetted terrorists, who handed them on e.g. to IS.

AM-50 sniper: Steyr Mannlicher patent ran out. The firm stated 2007 that they are build in several states. Both Syrian government and insurgent forces have plenty.

The Bani Saud U Turn is recent. So they are IMHO the likely source.

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Don’t you find the alleged Rosoboronexport crate a little strange? A Russian crate to an Arab-speaking country with markings in… English? Here is how a real Rosoboronexport riffle crate looks like : https://tinyurl.com/y6cmxlr9 And here is a Soviet-era AKM crate Even RPG crates are no more wooden ones for long! http://weaponsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/rpg-7_trainer_02.jpg The source saying Russia sold AK-103 to Gaddafi is unique (HRW) and was highly relayed everywhere but AFAIK, Russia has never acknowledged selling AK-103 to Gaddafi, so… For the 2011-2013 era, the ONLY known customers for AK-103 in the whole MENA were Iran and Syria, sorry! Iran seems to… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, The SANA dude talks domestic merde. The weapons are not Israeli or US except the 6 TOWs. The picture post with the English marked crate is 16/09/2011 by N.R. Jenzen-Jones. So what did Russian crates look like in 2011 and who did send many 103-2, locally known as Israeli, Kalashnikov to Libya? Real AK-Alfa assault rifle looks different. 103-2 has a three-round burst intended for civilian/police markets! Guess “civilian” explains why Russia is mute. Iranian armed forces have received AK-103 assault rifles from Russia. The armyrecognition dated that at 07 August 2016 – IMHO all that excludes Iran.

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p.s. Steyr Mannlicher’s statement is quite clear in German. Several countries not only Iran have copied their riffle. Trace via German Wikipedia. The AK-103 assault rifle has been exported to Iran, Libya, Pakistan and Venezuela. The AK-103 is license-produced in Ethiopia, Venezuela and Vietnam.
BTW. As I said before – we must have a keen look at the time line. Iran stopped Qaeda/IS support before 2011. KSA Syrian rhazi support started at 2011 or earlier and has stepped down between 2015-2018. More recent supply finds point to a MB Sultan or MB Sheik. Libyan arms came after 2011 via Turkey.

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Nope, the AK-103 contract with Ethiopia was trashed, they turned to N-Korea and China for riffle supplies 😉
Iran resumed the support to Hamas
Hamas backs al-Nusra and is part of Muslim Brotherhood, in other terms, what’s the difference between Hamas and al-Qaeda???? Well, you make much more money at being a Hamas leader! All are billionaires in $!

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@Daeshbags-Sux, thx for correcting my info about Ethiopia.

There is little to no difference. Hama are Sunni terrorists. And all sell their surplus donated stock. Both Weapons and Humanitarian aid.

So many leaders got as filthy rich as the GröFaZ was.

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Note : a video with closer view of the weapons stockpile has been published, these weren’t TOW cannisters, these were rockets for the M152 ‘bazooka’

“The SANA dude talks domestic merde”
=> This is obvious!
For non-French speaking ones : “merde” = shït/türd

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@Daeshbags-Sux, okay. LOL. No TOW. No US or Israeli gear. And a German mine sweeper that is available in civi street also. Merde good only for domestic consumption on a page with no comment function. LOL.

I thought they were empty and filled with other gear. Blink.

p.s. The non French only need to sent merde to Google it is also in the English Urban dictionary.
So it was for all that can use Google. Similar in several Romance languages. Mierda… The indo Germanic proto-form starts with S. So… maybe all fiend a similar trashy word.

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I wouldn’t buy AK-103 would I be n charge of procurement for an army. I’d go for a 5.56 bullpup (like Famas, Tavor, etc) with some modular features, especially the abiity to change barrels at will (like on the Steyr AUG) and STANAG magazines. Why? Because you can switch calibers and .243WSSM was conceived to be used in AR-15 and so into STANAG magazines. You now have 60 or 100 rounds casket-magz and 45rd extended ones, so as .243WSSM has about 1/3 more diameter for its brasses, a 45rd magazine has around 30x .243WSSM, the 60rd => about 40, the… Read more »

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And I’m not against the idea of a Russian riffle, in fact, there is a 60’s design which, with some mods, would be absolutely great:
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The only drawback I consider is the slow rate of fire, althugh it surely can be highly improved, maybe is it from having used the FAMAS, but I like high firing rates in short bursts, nevertheless, it’s the shortest assault-riffle mechanism I ever heard about, the forward ejection of brasses makes it absolutely ambidextrous. If fit with a 64cm barrel, it’d be only 75cm long while the original 415mm one made the riffle being 525 mm long and more accurate than an AK-47.
Another point : Soviet stuff is fully public domain 😉