Made-in-Tai­wan bul­lets were used in Iraq War

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY BRIAN LIN

Tai­wan’s Ar­ma­ments Bureau Fac­tory 205 ( 205 ) yes­ter­day morn­ing re­vealed that dur­ing the Iraq War, the U. S. pro­cured 500 mil­lion bul­lets from Tai­wan.

The fac­tory re­vealed the fact to lo­cal press on lo­ca­tion dur­ing an open fac­tory tour yes­ter­day, and dis­played an ammunition pro­duc­tion line with an an­nual pro­duc­tiv­ity of 100 mil­lion bul­lets.

Cur­rently, the fac­tory still pro­duces bul­lets for com­mer­cial use, ex­ported pre­dom­i­nantly to the U. S.

Pre­sented to the me­dia were large num­bers of bul­lets wait­ing to be packed and sent to the U. S.

The num­ber 205 man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­ter is a plant that only pro­duces small arms, bul­lets and ex­plo­sives.

Re­port­edly, since 2006, the plant started to make com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary ammunition.

The fac­tory also pre­sented a 2006 ap­pre­ci­a­tion plaque from the U. S. to lo­cal me­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to the plant, the fac­tory pro­duced 500 mil­lion bul­lets for the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary from 2006 to 2009 for use in the Iraq War. Prod­ucts made in­clude am­mu­ni­tions specif­i­cally tai­lored for 5.56 mil­lime­ter and 7.62 mil­lime­ter ri­fles.

Although the or­der for the war has been ter­mi­nated since 2009, the fac­tory con­tin­ues to pro­duce com­mer­cial bul­lets for the United States mar­ket.

The fac­tory op­er­ates three pro­duc­tion lines for brass shells, three bul­let pro­duc­tion lines, three as­sem­bly lines and a fi­nal line for pack­ag­ing.

In re­cent years, the man­u­fac­turer has de­vel­oped five new kinds of anti- ter­ror­ist sniper ri­fles and ac­ces­sories, and a new type of im­mer­sive T91 train­ing gun that has since re­ceived three new patents with two more pending.

The weapon was patented in Ja­pan last Novem­ber, pro­tect­ing it from pos­si­ble in­fringe­ment.

As stated by the fac­tory, the qual­ity of the T91 has gar­nered the in­ter­est of mil­i­tary of­fi­cials from a South Amer­i­can ally, who went on to in­quire as to the pos­si­bil­ity of re­ceiv­ing the prod­uct as a gift.

CNA

A mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­ber dis­plays an XT104 ri­fle to lo­cal press, yes­ter­day. The Tai­wan Ar­ma­ments Bureau Fac­tory 205 in­vited lo­cal press to an open fac­tory yes­ter­day, re­veal­ing that dur­ing the Iraq War, the US pro­cured 500 mil­lion bul­lets from Tai­wan.

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