Construction has begun on Chavez’s AK-103 factory

    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.

    Steve Johnson

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