GarryB wrote:Merging several very capable arms factories is a good way of greatly increasing their strength and potential.
With WTO entry it should be a lot simpler and cheaper to export Russian weapons now and lets face it they will likely have some very nice new products to sell including multicalibre modular designs.
Now that they are looking at long range accuracy I think their exports of bolt action and long range rifles will also find a niche market in the west.
It all depends. Like I mentioned in another thread, the accesson into WTO has not proven to be bennificial for Russia, but more of a blight with current issues (blacklisting of company, low investments, etc). And with many gun companies now in the US are owned by few groups, lobbying may not be hard to push a ban on purchases of Russian guns.
That said though, if they do not, there is a great lucrative market, that is for sure. And I do agree, joining the two companies together will help increase efficiency and industrial strength, as they can offshoot development between each other, as well as concentrate the total budget of the company on key products (so allowing more funds into one project), while also maintaining one group of management rather than two different ones. Management being the biggest issue for the industry.
I do look forward to what will happen. Although with the current management of Kalashnikov, I am not entirely in high hopes. But, let us wait and see. Tula plant seems to not get much love these days either.