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Batchelor, Peter. 2001 ‘Small Arms, Big Business: Products and Producers.’ Small Arms Survey 2001: Profiling the Problem, p. 44. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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Domestic production of small arms began in Thailand in 1969. The primary vehicle for this was a private company called Thai Interarms, which received substantial government aid. The company consists of four sub-units and manufactures small arms, ammunition, gunpowder, and other explosives (Asian Defence Journal, April 2000).

Other private companies include: Bullet Master Company Ltd., Rungphaisal Industry Company (rifles), Thai Arms Company, and Thai Melon Company.

In addition, the Royal Thai Army has a production centre in Lophuri, which manufactures various types of small arms and ammunition.

During 1999, the Army's production centre exported about US$ 2 million worth of military equipment, with most of its sales (including 60mm and 81mm mortars and various types of ammunition) going to Singapore and the Philippines (The Straits Times, 12 December 2000).

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