“They are ready but we may [be] not,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, as quoted by GMA News Online, in response to Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev statment that Russia is ready to partner with Philippines for manufacturing of small arms and weapons.
“For one they have different caliber meaning their rifles are different from our own standard rifles – the M16 and and M14 or their derivatives,” the defense chief explained.
“Their ammunition are not compatible with our current rifles. Unless we totally change of M16s and M14s with Kalashnikovs, which we are not ready do, then it is not feasible at the moment,” he added.
Khovaev earlier said that Russia is “ready to organize a joint production of sophisticated arms and small weapons here in the Philippines. You Filipinos will produce Russian arms and weapons. They will be Philippine products with Russian technology.”
“I can only express my hope that it can be done as soon as possible. Both sides are committed to open new horizons of our defense cooperation and one of these horizons is the joint production, joint manufacturing of arms and weapons on Philippine soil,” the Russian envoy noted.