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Russia will start producing Kalashnikov assault rifles in Venezuela in 2019

A plant to produce Kalashnikov assault rifles in Venezuela will be launched in 2019, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters in Caracas Wednesday.

"We expect the plant producing AK-103 assault rifles and munitions to run at full capacity in 2019," the deputy prime minister said after a meeting of a top-level Russian-Venezuelan commission.

"The issues that existed some two or three years ago have been solved," he added.

Russia has already delivered nearly all the equipment needed to launch the production to Venezuela, but the building is only halfway through completion.

The two countries signed an agreement on building a factory for assembling the Kalashnikov assault rifles in Venezuela in July 2006. The document said Venezuelan technology experts and specialists would be trained for a full licensed production cycle of cycle of AK-103 guns.

The factory is expected to assemble about 25,000 Kalashnikov automatic assault rifles annually.

[Source: Itar Tass, Caracas, 07Dec16]

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