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The development process of the new Kalashnikov assault rifles models has been progressing. Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern plans to conclude field tests of its fifth-generation AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles by the end of June, according to Rostec state corporation Industrial Director Sergey Abramov.
In February, it was announced that the Concern would increase staff by 1,700, amid a surge in export orders. Russian weapons are regarded as extremely reliable (it famously has a 0.02 error percentage), efficient and combat-proven, and there is much clamor for Kalashnikov goods in overseas markets, according to sputniknews.com.
The 5.45mm Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle is a perspective weapon which is eventually intended to replace previous generations of 5.45mm Kalashnikov assault rifles in service with Russian and other governmental forces (AK-74, AK-74M), according to defenseworld.net. AK-12 project was commenced in 2011 by IZHMASH factory (now part of the “Kalashnikov” concern) as a private venture, in an attempt to participate in the “Ratnik” trials which were held by Russian army.
Its version chambered for 7.62×39 M43 cartridge, received its own designation of 7.62mm Kalashnikov AK-15 assault rifle.
AK-12 (AK-15) rifle is equipped with integrated Picatinny rail on the top of the redesigned, detachable top cover, which permits simple and fast installation of modern day and night sighting equipment.
Kalashnikov AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles retain the traditional Kalashnikov-type gas operated action with rotary bolt locking, and use magazines compatible with previous generations of 5.45mm AK-74 ot 7.62mm AKM rifles respectively.
The receiver, gas block, gas tube and barrel are redesigned to achieve better accuracy under all conditions. Trigger and safety / fire selector unit is redesigned to provide three modes of fire, and familiar Kalashnikov-style safety/selector switch is provided by an “index finger pad” to ensure faster and more convenient operation.