Burmese rebels manufacturing AK-47s and ammo

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Jane’s Intelligence Review, via Burmese (Myanmar) news website Irrawaddy, reports that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) rebels in northern Burma have begun manufacturing AK-47s and ammunition for themselves and to sell to their allies in the region.


Burma (From Wikipedia)

Like the Taliban their arms revenue supplements their drug income. Previously they had been purchasing arms from China and then reselling to other rebel groups.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Czh Czh on Apr 13, 2009

    compare with the so-called "khyber pass copies". Like what wikipedia says, "The quality of such rifles varies widely, ranging from "as good as a factory-produced example" to "dangerously unsafe"." Guess it would be the same for these, "North Burma copies".

  • Raquel Jackman Raquel Jackman on Jan 15, 2012

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...

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