State Enterprise of Ukraine Ukroboronservis together with the American company Aeroscraft will produce small arms by NATO standards. The first project will be the M16 rifle, reports the press service of Ukroboronprom.
Such agreement is the result of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the two companies.
"The first weapon that will be manufactured in Ukraine as a pilot project will be M16 automatic rifle of model WAC47. The production of weapons by NATO standards is an important part of the development and reform of the Ukrainian defense industry" the head of Ukroboronservis state enterprise Sergei Mykytyuk said.
Aeroscraft is a well-known company that specializes in manufacturing of innovative aircraft, watchtowers and small arms.
M16 is the American automatic rifle of 5.56 mm caliber, developed and put into service in 1960. M16 and its variants remains the main weapon of the American infantry even now. This is one of the most common models of small arms. Over 8 million of these rifles were produced in the world.
Earlier it was reported that 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment with USA. The President of Ukraine thanked America for support.