“We are 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,” Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said in a press briefing, as quoted by GMA News Online, on October 22.
Khovaev noted that if the proposal pushes through, the Philippines will be an exporter of advanced small arms and light weapons.
Khovaev noted that exploring of possible opportunities is underway.
“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,” he added.