Construction has begun on Chavez's AK-103 factory

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Forbes reports

Ambassador Vladmir Zaemskiy told a news conference that Russian engineers and Venezuelan construction firms were building the rifle and cartridge plants which, when operational, would employ more than 1,500 workers.

He gave no completion date for the plants under construction in the central state of Aragua.

Details about Moscow’s military shipments and projects have been scarce since socialist President Hugo Chavez’s government began signing military agreements with Russia back in 2001.

I do wonder why the construction of a massive industrial complex, employing 1,500 people, can be justified to supply a country with a population just 25% greater than that of the NYC metro area. So the question on my mind is who do they plan on exporting to? … and how long before these rifles turn up on the Mexican/US border?

Many thanks to Todd for sending me the link.

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  • Mad Mad on Dec 25, 2010

    @ Martin: LMAO other countries already make bootleg AR's check out some Turkish weapons lately? One of their shotgun designs appears to be of Eugene Stoner origins.

    @ Sean OH: Belgian FAL's would be nice especially at 3rd world bargaining discount.

  • Pollofrito Pollofrito on Jan 10, 2011

    These rifles are obsolete, in every sense of the word. They are intended for three purposes, and only three:
    1. To create hysteria and disapproval of the business and literate class in Venezuela, thus drawing more support to Chavez from the lower classes, who are charmed to see the above crumble to their nerves.
    2. To provoke the Colombians and make them believe a war is at hand.
    3. To supply weapons to the " Bolivarian Horde Circles" and to the FARC and pseudo-military (reservists).

    Russians are thrilled they are selling this garbage again, because nobody wants it on their own land.