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Besides accomplishing tasks of logistic support, it develops important civilian productions and services for the national and international market, immersed in a re-conversion process characterized by advanced business management.

 We are pleased that you are interested in finding out about the Cuban military industry.  We hope that we can satisfy your wishes via the following topics:

 

A general overview    Main products and services Industrial re-conversion

   

A GENERAL OVERVIEW:   

The military-industrial complex has the task of guaranteeing the repair of the weaponry and technology of the ground, air and naval units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, as well as their periodic modernization in accordance with advances in world technological development.  It also has a series of factories devoted to the production of light weapons for infantry, ammunition, mines and other equipment of a diverse nature. 

The General Repair Bases system and other industrial companies have installations throughout the country.  These include large workshops specializing in tanks, artillery, aviation, the navy, radio communications, transport, radars, missile systems, metallurgical products and others.  The high qualifications of the specialists, the technological discipline and the modern equipment make it possible to undertake tasks of high technical complexity. 

In addition to products destined for the units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the military-industrial complex develops important products that are marketed on both the national and international market.  For several years now, the military industry has been in the vanguard of the introduction and application of the most advanced business-management techniques.

 

MAIN PRODUCTS AND SERVICES 

 Repair of:  

* Tanks, armored and transportation vehicles * Planes and helicopters
* Artillery and infantry weaponry * Electronic devices

Some products:  

 

Mambí heavy sniper’s rifle Intended for fighting against helicopters.

Alejandro sniper’s rifle Intended for fighting against live forces.  It perforates any existing bullet-proof vest.

 

Fighting vehicle  “Fiero” ("Fierce")  Intended for Elite Troops.  It has great  power and maneuverability. 

Fast attack craft “Flecha” (“Arrow”)  Intended for missions of the firing Coastguard services.  Length: 16.8 m; Breadth of beam: 4.1 m; Displacement: 28 tons.  

 

                             

INDUSTRIAL RECONVERSION:  

 

The military industry devotes part of its production and service capacity to satisfying the requirements of the national economy.  This has been the case since its emergence - on the one hand, due to the fact that several of its facilities have a productive capacity that is greater than defense needs and, on the other hand, because the continual reductions in regular troops that have been taking place since the late 1970s left even more free capacity.  
With the advent of the special period and the consequent adjustment of the structures and levels of activity of the Revolutionary Armed Forces that began in the 1990s, this process increased still further and became even more dynamic.  In this way, it has been possible to guarantee the continued employment of a considerable number of highly qualified workers, while this has also been an additional source of income that lessens the impact of defense expenditure on the country.


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