Russia to build AK plants in Venezuela

Russia's Izhevsk plant has signed a new contract to make AK-47 assault rifles at new factories in Venezuela.

Russia to build AK plants in Venezuela
Russia's Izhevsk plant has signed a new contract to make AK-47 assault rifles at new factories in Venezuela.

The company, which is based in the Urals region, said last week it would construct two separate factories in Venezuela, one to make the legendary AK-47 Kalashnikov automatic assault rifle and the other to provide ammunition for the weapons, RIA Novosti reported.

Both plants are scheduled to be completed by 2010, the report said.

The Izhevsk Mechanical Plant has already manufactured and supplied 100,000 AK-103 assault rifles to Venezuela under an earlier contract and signed a new contract licensing production of Kalashnikov rifles with the nation, RIA Novosti said.

"We will begin construction of two plants in Venezuela at the end of 2007," Vladimir Gorodetsky, the IMP general director, told a news conference to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the AK-47.

"One plant will manufacture AK-103 assault rifles and another plant will produce 7.62-mm ammunition for the rifle," he said, according to the report.

RIA Novosti said Gorodetsky announced the two factories would be built together at the same location and that Venezuela had also bought the rights to the necessary manufacturing technologies and production licenses.

"It is an absolutely legitimate license on the production of small arms in Venezuela legally purchased by the country," Gorodetsky said.

RIA Novosti cited him as saying that Venezuelan workers would be trained under the terms of the agreement.

Gorodetsky said further deals were envisaged under which IMP would provide Venezuela with other weapons such as Dragunov sniper rifles.

"Out goal is to re-equip the Venezuelan army with modern types of small arms, grenade launchers, and sniper rifles," he said.

RIA Novosti noted that Venezuela -- which like Russia is a major oil exporter -- in 2005-2006 purchased $3.4 billion of weapons from Moscow, including 24 Su-30MK2V Flanker fighters, Tor-M1 air defense missile systems, Mi-17B multi-role helicopters, Mi-35 Hind E attack helicopters and Mi-26 Halo heavy transport helicopters.

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