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Malaysia to build first domestic arms factory with Turkish help

Kuala Lumpur wants to make its own firearms and cut reliance on overseas providers

KUALA LUMPUR -- Turkish weapons manufacturer Tisas Trabzon Silah Sanayi has inked an agreement to establish a firearms manufacturing and assembly plant in Malaysia, which will be the first such facility in the country.

The firearm production and assembly plant would be developed by Malaysian companies KOP Mantap, a wholly owned unit of the Royal Malaysian Police Cooperative, and IDC Technologies. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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