Ukraine planning to buy NATO-caliber assault rifles

The Ukrainian Army seeks to purchase 5.56x45mm caliber modern rifles that are expected to replace the Kalashnikov AKs currently in use  

Photo: Ukrainian National Guard

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are in advanced talks with an unnamed European defense contractor about a possible purchase of a batch of AR-15 type assault rifles with an estimated value of $2 million, the Defense Blog website reported.

According to a source in the Czech defense industry, the Ukrainian Army looks to buy modern assault rifles chambered for NATO 5.56x45mm ammunition with the possibility of further licensed production in Ukraine along with a line for the production of ammunition.

The report says the assault rifle will weigh 3.26kg and have a removable carrying handle and rail mounting for installing optical sights and other auxiliary devices according to customer needs, with a modular design that makes it easy to replace various components such as the butt, handguard, pistol grip and other attachments.

The website said that the NATO-standard rifle is expected to completely replace the Kalashnikov AK family of rifles currently used by the Ukrainian Army.