Kalashnikov glad to give name to new arms brand

MOSCOW. February 6. KAZINFORM Russia's most famous firearm designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, says he is happy to give his name to the brand of a small-arms corporation being formed by the merger of Russian gun makers Izhmash and Izhmekh, the Izhmash press secretary said on Wednesday.

In November, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia's defense industry, proposed a merger of Izhevsk-based Izhmash and Izhmekh under the Kalashnikov brand, RIA Novosti published.

"This is a great honor for me. The name does not belong to me, as the designer, any more. It belongs to the country and all Russians. I will be happy if my name helps to develop Russia's export potential and strengthen the Fatherland's economic and defense power," the press secretary quoted Kalashnikov, 93, as saying.

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