Jane’s reports that The Uruguayan National Army will be replacing their 9mm Browning Hi-Power pistols with 9mm Glock 17 pistols. In what is a bizarre twist, Glock will supply Uruguay with 1,500 pistol kits which will be assembled at Army workshops.
This screams of clever procurement hack. No doubt each pistol at the Glock factory will be assembled, tested, then disassembled, shipped, then reassembled in Uruguay. The Uruguayan politicians can claim they are creating local jobs, when in fact they are just needless tax payer subsidized jobs.
Uruguay claims that once they have assembled all the 1500 pistols they are procuring, which can’t take very long, they hope to export Glocks to other South American countries, possibly with locally manufactured parts. I think it is safe to say that this is more political BS. Sometimes it is comforting to know that politicians are the same the world over.
Many thanks to Albi for the tip.