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Mikhail T Kalashnikov holds his world-famous AK-47 assault rifle in this 1997 photo. AP photo

Mikhail T Kalashnikov holds his world-famous AK-47 assault rifle in this 1997 photo. AP photo

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said June 13 that Venezuela has begun to assemble Kalashnikov assault rifles with assistance from Russia and started producing surveillance drones.

Venezuela has spent billions of dollars for Russian arms and military aircraft since 2005, including 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. “We are a free and independent country,” Chavez said.

Army Gen. Julio Cesar Morales Prieto, president of Venezuela’s state-run arms producer, said 3,000 AK-103 assault rifles have been assembled since Venezuela and Russia signed the 2005 agreement for the construction of a Kalashnikov assembly factory. The factory has begun production, but construction of the facility has not yet been completed, Morales Prieto said. The factory eventually will have the capacity to produce 25,000 rifles annually.

Chavez, a former paratroop commander, said that Venezuela has also developed its own unarmed aerial drone with help from Iran, China and Russia. Three drones has been built so far, he said. “Russia, China, Iran and other allied countries” had contributed to the project, he added.

“We do not have any intentions of attacking anybody,” he said. “These projects are for defense, for peace.” The drone has a range of 100 kilometers, can reach an altitude of 3,000 meters according to Prieto. They can stay aloft for up to 90 minutes and can transmit real-time video and images, and is currently being upgraded in order to carry out night flights, he added.


Compiled from AFP and AP stories by the Daily News staff.

June/15/2012

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MR Somalia

6/15/2012 5:53:48 PM

Danny I am not sure what conspires you to say such things. Stay focused on the topic which is about AK-47s. We have no pirates in Somalia, those are fisher men reclaiming their livelihood. For years we told the IC to stop illegal over fishing in our waters no one listened so we took matters to our own hands. The US and NATO who thought we might fear their big naval ships discovered otherwise. We take ships right in front of them and they just turn around and pretend they didnt see it.

Danny B Danny

6/15/2012 1:45:06 PM

MR Somalia: So you used to play as a kid with AK-47. No when you are a grown up, you became a pirate and found an income from hijacking unarmed ships at open see? and you blame Israel for defending itself from the "PEACE Activist" on the Mawi Marmara or for defending its citizen against the "children of Mother Teresa" form the Hamas in Gaza? Wonder what they do in Somalia with all the money they get from the hijacked ships.

MR Somalia

6/15/2012 10:06:22 AM

Its easy to assemble AK-47s. As a kid I used to take my cousin's AK-47 apart, clean it and reassemble it all together at the age of 6. I also used to make my own versions with scrap metals, bolts and wood. I also used to make my own bullets and ammo from scrap metals and special sand that I used to collect from outside the town. I used to add bit of petroleum and other chemicals and phosphorous from match heads to help ignite it. When you have no playstations you learn alot doing your own thing
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