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IZHEVSK, October 13 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s arms concern Kalashnikov plans to invest two to three billion roubles to build an ammunition plant, the Kalashnikov press service told Itar-Tass.
By the yearend, the concern will present a project specifying the list and the cost of necessary equipment and premises. The building for a would-be plant will be overhauls by 2015 and production will start in 2016, said Dmitry Yudin, deputy general designer and head of Kalashnikov’s ballistic weapons and ammunition department.
The would-be plant will work to satisfy the concern’s demand in munitions. Moreover, it will manufacture new types of products. “We shall seek orders to supply the Russian army and law enforcement agencies with the most advanced weapons and munitions,” he said. “Further on, we plan to offer our products on foreign markets.”
The enterprise is now working on 4.5-mm to 14.5-mm-calibre cartridges to automatic guns and sniper rifles and plans to manufacture weapons of 23-mm and bigger calibers.
Apart from that, Kalashnikov plans to organize training for specialists for its new production line. “When we launch this project, we will need many specialists - more than 1,000 workers and auxiliary personnel, let alone engineers,” he noted.
Earlier, Kalashnikov director general, Konstantin Busygin, announced the concern’s plans to build an ammunition plant to satisfy the concern’s needs and sell surplus. In March 2013, The Izhmash research and production association, on which base the Kalashnikov concern was formed, received a license from the Russian federal defence order service to develop and manufacture ammunition of up to 30-mm caliber.