Armenia's Kalashnikov Plant Commences Operations

The facility is capable of manufacturing 50,000 assault rifles a year, the country's prime minister says

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan inspects an assault rifle during the visit to the factory.  Photo: Press Office of the Government of Armenia

The Armenian government revealed on July 7 that the country's small arms production plant began operating under license to manufacture Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles.

During a tour of the Neutron GAM plant, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that the new plant could produce up to 50,000 rifles a year. Pashinyan was accompanied by the country's defense minister.

Janes notes that Neutron’s ammunition production lines are also being transferred from the company’s current facility in the capital Yerevan to the neighboring province of Kotayk. Following refurbishment, the facility will be able to produce 7.62×39 mm, 7.62 × 54 mm, 12.7 mm, and 9×18 mm and 9×19 mm ammunition. The modernization of equipment for the 7.62×39 mm, 7.62×54 mm, and 12.7 mm production lines is being performed through a $24 million contract with Russia’s Spetsmashingeneering.