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Pashinyan Tours Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Plant

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan today toured a plant in the country that plans to produce 50,000 AK-103 assault rifles per year.

Pashinyan, according to a statement released by his office, was accompanied by Defense Minister David Tonoyan and Minister of High-Tech Industry Hakob Arshakyan.

Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergey Kopirkin also took part in the tour.

The AK-103 is an assault rifle designed in Russia by Russian small arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1994.

The agreement on the production of the famous Russian rifle in Armenia was signed in August 2018 by Royalsys Engineering Ltd. and Kalashnikov Concern.

Some of the rifles will be used by the Armenian military.

The plant will also manufacture optical-electrical devices and night thermal scopes.

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