"The first consignment of equipment was shipped to Venezuela on October 18," Izhmash's press service said, adding that the installation of the equipment would be completed by late 2009 and the plant would go into operation in 2010.
The company earlier said that Russia accounts for only 10-12% of the 1 million Kalashnikov rifles sold globally every year, with the rest being unlicensed copies.
Russia says it suffers major losses from the counterfeit manufacture of Kalashnikovs. The armies of 47 countries use the AK-47 assault rifle, known as the Kalashnikov after its designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov.
An estimated 100 million AK-47s and modified versions are believed to be in circulation around the world, but many of them were produced illegally.