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 Ukroboronprom to launch NATO’s M16 rifle production in Ukraine

Ukroboronservice SE, a part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern intends to produce firearms under NATO standards in Ukraine in cooperation with U.S. Aeroscraft. M16 assault rifle production will become the first such project.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the press service of the Ukroboronprom SC, such arrangements came out from the Memorandum on Cooperation between the two companies.

"M16 automatic assault rifle type will be the first firearm manufactured in Ukraine as part of the pilot project. Production of weapons meeting NATO standards is an important part of the development and reform of Ukraine's defense industry," Ukroboronservice SE CEO Serhii Mykytiuk said.

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"I have never encountered the decision to grant a license for the production of weapons abroad was provided by the U.S. government so fast. It took us only three weeks to obtain a license and we are already setting up production of NATO weapons in Ukraine," Aeroscraft founder Igor Pasternak said.

The Memorandum on production was formally signed by both parties on Jan. 3. Ukraine has formally launched NATO weapons production on this day. Taking into account the needs of the Ukrainian army, both standard NATO ammunition and the one available at Ukrainian arms depots will be used in various modifications of the produced rifles that will also be marked under NATO standards.

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