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Rostec develops potential Makarov replacement

19th October 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rostec's Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) has developed a 9x21mm pistol for the Russian Ministry of Defence and law enforcement services, Rostec announced on 16 October.

The new pistol, currently in testing, has been developed as a replacement for the Makarov handgun which has been deployed by Russian military forces since the 1950s. The decision as to whether it will be supplied to Russian forces will be made when testing completes in December 2018.

Sergey Abramov, conventional armament, ammunition and special chemistry cluster industrial director of Rostec, said: 'This project proves again that Russia has all knowledge and capabilities that are necessary to create high-quality small arms, including short arms. Such a product requires a wide range of expertise from basic sciences to metallurgy. Many countries with developed machine industries can’t afford to develop their own pistols. There is no doubt that the project of our specialists will be noticed on the market.'

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