Turkish company sets up Malaysia’s first weapons factory

Turkish Company Sets Up Malaysia's First Weapons Factory

Turkish weapons manufacturer Tisas Trabzon Silah Sanayi (Tranzon Arms Industry Corporation) will set up a production and assembly plant in Malaysia, the first such facility in the country.

A respective agreement has been signed in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad between Tisas and Malaysian companies KOP Mantap, a wholly owned investment unit of the Royal Malaysian Police Cooperative, and engineering and IT specialist IDC Technologies Sdn. Bhd. on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, a gathering of Islamic scholars and leaders, held from December 18 to 21.

The signing follows a memorandum of understanding inked in April this year over the joint production of firearms including the popular and NATO standard compliant Zigana PX-9 type gun which are, for example, used by the Philippines police forces after Tisas won a tender earlier this year. Other types of Tisas guns are exported to the US, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, South Africa, and Central American states, among others.

The Zigana PX-9 has a polymer frame, similar to Austria’s Glock guns, which makes it lightweight and particularly popular among security and police forces.

Regional exports planned from Malaysia

Once the factory in Malaysia is set up and running, Tisas plans not only to supply its products in Malaysian, but also sell it from there throughout the region. The initial investment in the plant is $10 million.

“The project is aimed at ensuring adequate firearm supplies for Malaysian security personnel and reduce dependency for firearm supply from abroad,” KOP Mantap said in a statement, adding that the weapons made in the Malaysian plant would later also be sold overseas, particularly in Southeast Asia.

The Malaysian companies will now commence the necessary infrastructure preparation for the production and testing of 20,000 guns per year, a target production number which will be reached once the manufacturing facility is complete.

Tisas was founded in 1993 and makes pistols, rifles and firearm accessories that are used worldwide by civilians, police and armies, with Turkey and the US being the company’s top buyers.

Turkish weapons manufacturer Tisas Trabzon Silah Sanayi (Tranzon Arms Industry Corporation) will set up a production and assembly plant in Malaysia, the first such facility in the country. A respective agreement has been signed in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad between Tisas and Malaysian companies KOP Mantap, a wholly owned investment unit of the Royal Malaysian Police Cooperative, and engineering and IT specialist IDC Technologies Sdn. Bhd. on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, a gathering of Islamic scholars and leaders, held from December 18 to 21. The signing follows...

Turkish Company Sets Up Malaysia's First Weapons Factory

Turkish weapons manufacturer Tisas Trabzon Silah Sanayi (Tranzon Arms Industry Corporation) will set up a production and assembly plant in Malaysia, the first such facility in the country.

A respective agreement has been signed in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad between Tisas and Malaysian companies KOP Mantap, a wholly owned investment unit of the Royal Malaysian Police Cooperative, and engineering and IT specialist IDC Technologies Sdn. Bhd. on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, a gathering of Islamic scholars and leaders, held from December 18 to 21.

The signing follows a memorandum of understanding inked in April this year over the joint production of firearms including the popular and NATO standard compliant Zigana PX-9 type gun which are, for example, used by the Philippines police forces after Tisas won a tender earlier this year. Other types of Tisas guns are exported to the US, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, South Africa, and Central American states, among others.

The Zigana PX-9 has a polymer frame, similar to Austria’s Glock guns, which makes it lightweight and particularly popular among security and police forces.

Regional exports planned from Malaysia

Once the factory in Malaysia is set up and running, Tisas plans not only to supply its products in Malaysian, but also sell it from there throughout the region. The initial investment in the plant is $10 million.

“The project is aimed at ensuring adequate firearm supplies for Malaysian security personnel and reduce dependency for firearm supply from abroad,” KOP Mantap said in a statement, adding that the weapons made in the Malaysian plant would later also be sold overseas, particularly in Southeast Asia.

The Malaysian companies will now commence the necessary infrastructure preparation for the production and testing of 20,000 guns per year, a target production number which will be reached once the manufacturing facility is complete.

Tisas was founded in 1993 and makes pistols, rifles and firearm accessories that are used worldwide by civilians, police and armies, with Turkey and the US being the company’s top buyers.

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