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Canadian firm to supply bullet-making equipment to Phillipines

Published by Steve Coleman on November 18, 2011

A Canadian company has signed a deal to help the Philippine armed forces and law enforcement become more self-sufficient.

Waterbury Farrel has made a $7.9 million agreement to sell the country's armed forces bullet-making equipment.

The company, with a plant in Brampton, Ont., has 18 months to deliver the machinery to the Phillipines. The order includes a multi-station bullet assembly machine, case manufacturing equipment and cartridge assembly equipment.

Under the current procurement contract, the Phillipine government has been trying to make the armed forces self-sufficient in bullet production. So far, the armed forces have been producing 58 per cent of its required ammunition. The government has been forced to import the rest.

Most of that has been for .45-cal pistols, M16 rifles, M4 carbine, M14 rifles and automatic weapons.
In addition to making the military self-sufficient, the sale will also look after some of the requirements for the Phillipine National Police, and other law enforcement agencies like the coast guard and prison guards.

The update for the country's armed forces will include, at a later date, adding weapon making to the repertoire once the government has a steady source of ammunition.

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