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Batchelor, Peter. 2001 ‘Small Arms, Big Business: Products and Producers.’ Small Arms Survey 2001: Profiling the Problem, p. 43. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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Myanmar's domestic defence industry was established in the early 1950s. In 1957, the German company Fritz Werner, in co-operation with Heckler & Koch, built an arms factory in Yangon to produce G-3 automatic rifles (Jane's Intelligence Review, 1 December 1998).

Another factory was built near Prome to produce small arms ammunition. These factories are managed by Defence Products Industries (Ka Pa Sa) and are under the direct control of the Ministry of Defence.

In February 1998, Myanmar acquired a prefabricated small arms factory designed and built by Chartered Industries of Singapore with the assistance of Israeli consultants (Jane's Intelligence Review, 1 December 1998).

Ka Pa Sa factories now produce assault rifles and light machine guns of indigenous design, as well as landmines and various other types of small arms.

Recent reports suggest that Norinco of China is planning on building a factory near Yangon to produce various types of small arms and ammunition (Asia Defence Yearbook, 1999-2000; Asian Defence Journal, April 2000).

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