From Update Philippines (May 26): Russian weapons manufacturers may soon establish in PH
The government has plans to invite Russian weapons manufacturers to set up shop in Limay, Bataan. “That’s one of the plans because we are converting the area of the Government Arsenal (GA) in Limay, Bataan which consists of 300 hectares and we are trying to develop that. There is now a bill in Congress, they have already been deliberating it to convert that it into a defense manufacturing complex that will involve other locators from other countries,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in an interview with PNA Exclusive in Moscow, Russia around 2 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m., Manila time), disclosed.
The GA is tasked to manufacture bullets for the M-16, M-14 automatic rifles and .45 caliber pistols still in service with the military.
“If they can see that they can make a little profit there, then maybe, make a stepping stone to go into Southeast Asia to also cater to the nine other ASEAN nations. That’s why they’re very interested to deal with us through military relationship so that they can have this road into the ASEAN,” Lorenzana said.