Italian firearm manufactur Beretta is prospecting a new technology transfer deal with Argentina after concluding much the same handle Qatar, claiming handing over technology to permit international customers to develop their own guns is the future.
The firm is considering transferring technology to Argentinian state manufacturer Fabricaciones Militares to the manufacture of handguns and assault rifles, said Carlo Ferlito, v . p . of Beretta Defense Technologies.
“This will happen increasingly, it’s critical for penetrating markets,” he explained. “All customers want control of supply.”
Beretta is currently considering future deals to transfer technology to international clients in Africa and Asia, he was quoted saying.
In March, Beretta signed with Qatar to create a joint venture based there with the country’s Ministry of Defence to create its ARX160 and ARX200 assault rifles, and also its 92A1 pistol for Qatar government use.
Under the deal, Beretta will hold a minority stake in the joint venture, that can receive technology transfer from Beretta Holding Group and will develop a factory in Doha.
Ferlito didn’t reveal an order that’s involved in the deal.
“The first transfer of technology is complete, and Qatar can have total independence in six years,” he said.
The firm has previously struck an arrangement for partial technology transfer with Egypt to the local output of its Px4 pistol.
Turning for the U.S. market, Ferlito said the firm was viewing pending competitions.
“Everyone references the next-generation squad assault weapon, and that we are thinking about this program,” he explained. “We have ideas by what we may offer. It will be challenging when it comes to lethality, recoil reduction and weight.”
Ferlito praised Beretta’s M9 pistol, that has been in service while using U.S. Army for three decades before being replaced recently with the Sig Sauer XM17 Modular Handgun System.
“There is a huge great deal of confusion regarding the M9,” he explained. “It was criticized for the ammunition, not the gun itself. We proved that to the customer, and now we are nevertheless delivering towards the U.S. Army around the previous contracts, so we are passing tests showing it can be incredibly reliable.”
Ferlito said the M9 era has not been over. “It offers quite a bit to state, as well as the latest modifications help it become very worthwhile for a lot of armies around the globe. Having said that, this may be the year of polymer, and also the customer wants polymer,” he said.
“The U.S. select the cheapest option, not the best performing option, since they decided to stop the tests before their completion as a result of offer they received,” he was quoted saying.
Turning back to the next-generation squad assault weapon, he added: “I hope they’ll stay with requirement rather than turn for the cheapest offer while they did with all the Modular Handgun System.”