Vietnam expands firearms manufacturing capacity

13 August 2017

The Vietnam Ministry of National Defence (MND) has announced an expansion in the manufacturing capacity of one of its main firearms manufacturers. The development is the latest highlighted by the MND as evidence of growing industrial capability.

The MND said on 9 August that its Z111 factory, which is located in Thanh Hóa on Vietnam’s east coast, has in 2017 so far exceeded its production target, which was set at the beginning of the year. In 2016, the Z111 factory also surpassed its target by 16%, added the MND.

In addition, the MND said the factory has also recently successfully started producing 12.7 mm guns that can reach a range of 1,800 m and can penetrate light armoured vehicles.

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