The AK-103 assault rifle
|Place of origin||Russian Federation|
|In service||since 2001|
|Used by||See Users|
|Wars||First Chechen War
Second Chechen War
2008 South Ossetia war
Libyan Civil War
|Weight||3.6 kg (7.9 lb) with empty magazine|
|Length||943 mm (37.1 in) stock extended / 705 mm (27.8 in) stock folded|
|Barrel length||415 mm (16.3 in)|
|Action||Gas operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||600 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||715 m/s (2,346 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||500 m (550 yd)|
|Feed system||30-round detachable box magazine|
|Sights||Iron sights, there is a dove-tail side rail for optical and night sights|
The AK-103 assault rifle is a derivative of the AK-74M chambered for the 7.62×39mm M43 round, 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 whenever possible instead of wood or metal.
Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts. Forearm, magazine, butt stock and pistol grip are made of high strength plastic.
The AK-104 is a compact version of the AK-103. It combines features from the older AKS-74U carbine with features from the AK-103, giving a more accurate carbine. It is also chambered for 7.62×39mm ammunition.
- Ethiopia: The Gafat Armament Engineering Complex produces the AK-103 rifle in Ethiopia. Supplements the AKM in the Ethiopian Armed Forces.
- India: The Russian arms company Izhmash is negotiating to issue a license to an Indian private arms manufacturer to produce the AK-103.
- Pakistan: Used by SSG & Special Service Group Navy. 
- Libya: Seen in the hands of anti-Gaddafi forces & loyalists in numerous photos.
- Russia: Used by various special police groups and spec ops groups. It is also in limited service with the Russian Army.
- "Dejen Aviation Engineering Complex (DAVEC)". Retrieved 2010-04-01.
- Pradeep Thakur (2008-02-18). "Latest Kalashnikovs to be made in India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
- "Special Forces (Maritime) (Pakistan), Amphibious and special forces". Jane's Information Group.[dead link]
- Bryan Chan; Luis Sinco (2011-03-04). "On the revolutionary road in Libya, Photo #4". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
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