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Malaysia Set to Become Leading Small Arms Maker

Associated Press

13 April 2004

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia has signed a deal with Austrian gun maker Steyr-Mannlicher to manufacture its new assault rifle, a move the government said advances its plan to make this Southeast Asian country a major supplier of military small arms.

Defense Minister Najib Razak said that following the signing of the agreement in Kuala Lumpur Monday, Malaysia expects to soon be exporting Steyr's new AUGA3 rifle to more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East…

The company would produce between 15,000 and 20,000 assault rifles per year, said Christian Simku, Steyr's regional sales manager. It was not clear when the first rifles would be completed…

Malaysia has produced Steyr's AUGA1 for local military use under contract since the early 1990s. Under the new agreement, Malaysia will made Steyr's latest model, the AUGA3.

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