Armenia Producing Its Own Firearms

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)–The K-3 automatic weapon–the K-11 sniper’s rifle–the K-2 army pistol. These are the designations of Armenian-made combat firearms. These are not copies of well known firearms but original designs by Armenian weapon makers–said one of the heads of the republic’s military industrial complex.

The actual manufacturing conditions and the possible export prospects prompted the lay-out of the Armenian automatic weapon–the military-industrial complex’s spokesman’said. This means–in particular–renouncing the normal butt and using the principle of moving the percussion mechanism behind the handle with the trigger. The automatic weapon–which is thus shortened by 30 cm–with a corrected center of gravity–has proved to be very mobile.

The main characteristics of the Armenian automatic weapon are in line with those of the Kalashnikov–600 rounds per minute and an aimed range of 1,000 meters. The Armenian automatic weapon will undergo a five-year period of testing (instead of the usual 3-4 years) before being accepted for use by the republic’s armed forces. As for the K-11–it has already been accepted for use by the Armenian army and–according to specialists’ reactions–its close grouping of shots can rival the Russian SVD.

Among other developmen’s by Armenia’s weapon makers is the K-2 fourteen-shot army pistol which has proved to the liking of local bank guards. It is reckoned that as well as its technical parameters it is also liked for its state price of about 170 dollars.

It would be naive to think that even with the most brilliant features–everyone would rush out to buy Armenian-made weapons–one of the leaders of the Armenian military industrial complex said. He believes that it is more realistic to count on developing countries which have already displayed an interest in the new products.

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