Russian Military May Soon Adopt New Kalashnikov Assault Rifle
(GunNews.com) — The fate of a new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle developed for the Russian army will be decided during the state acceptance trials due to begin in June 2013, clargest firearms manufacturer, Izhmash, said to the Russian International News Agency RIA Novosti.
“In the interests of the Defense Ministry, Izhmash is working on the modernization of the AK-74 and AK-100 assault rifles in service with the Russian army, as well as developing a [new] standard assault rifle on the AK-12 platform which will undergo state acceptance trials in June 2013,” Izhmash’s chief designer, Vladimir Zlobin said.
If the trials are successful, the new assault rifle will be put in production and will be adopted as a service weapon for the military.
Development of the AK-12 began in mid-2011. The new weapon retains the overall layout and features of the AK-74, in service with the Russian army since the 1970s, but features several modifications and ergonomic changes.
The new assault rifle has being developed as a basic platform for nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. It could be adapted for cartridges varying from 5.45×39 mm to 7.62×51 NATO.