Gafat Armament Engineering Industry

GafatArmament Engineering Industry

Back Ground and Establishment

Gafat Engineering factory was established in January 1989, primarily designed to produce 7.62x39mm AK-47 and RPD light machine guns. In 2002 the company was modernized and expanded to include production of upgraded 7.62x39mm AKM103s, 40mm grenade launchers and other automatic weapons attached on armored vehicles and helicopters, manufacturing of armament spare parts and other products such as milled, cast and pressing products that are used for commercial purposes. In 2002 the company was renamed as Gafat Armament Industry (GAI) and incorporated into the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) in 2010. GAI is located 65 km southeast of Addis Ababa. It has six production factories such as small arms production factory, medium caliber production factory, rocket launcher and mortars production factory, heavy artillery and howitzer production factory, armament spare parts manufacturing factory and precision casting factory. GAIis constructing different armament parts factory and transfer to associations.


*    To advance armament technology of the nation and satisfy the demand of defense and security forces to ensure their operational readiness.


*    Producing, repairing, upgrading and modernizing of all armaments to help the defense & security forces to accomplish their operational mission.

Production Factories

1.     Small arms production factory

2.     Medium caliber production factory,

3.     Rocket launcher and mortars production factory,

4.     Heavy artillery and howitzer factory

5.     Precision casting factory

6.     Armament spare parts & accessories production factory

7.     Material treatment factory

8.     Armament warheads & receiver bodies production factory

9.     Armament barrels production factor

10.   Fire armsshooting parts production factory

11.   Equipment manufacturing and  rebuilding factory

    Main Products

*    Gafat-1  (7.62x39mm Automatic Rifle)

*    ET-97/1  (7.62x39mm Automatic Rifle)   

*    ET-97/2  (40mm Grenade Launcher)

*    ET-04/01 (35mm AGL)

*    ET-05/01 (82 mm mortar)

*    ET-05/02 (12.7mm Dual  purpose)   

Peripheral   business

*    Manufacturing spare parts for weapons

*    Producing capital goods and machinery spare parts that minimize the consumption of foreign exchanges.


*    Overhauling (Heavy, medium & light overhauling) of various types of small arms, anti-aircraft, mortars shoulder type rocket launcher, howitzers and cannons.

*    Providing training in the field of armament technology.

*    Providing material treatment services, metallurgical laboratory & spectra testing

(Tensile testing, compression testing, impact testing, hardness testing, hardening, coloring, chrome plating; material composition testing….)

*    Erection & commissioning of manufacturing facilities of armament products.


      Marketing & Sales       

Tel.      +251-11-433-88-22


Fax- +251-11-433-87-01

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