AK-12 to become service rifle of Russian Army in coming years

The Kalashnikov Group signed a contract with Russia's Defense Ministry last week for delivery of the rifles to Russian troops

The AK-12 assault rifle developed by the Kalashnikov Group will become the standard assault rifle of Russian troops in the coming years, the group's press office told Russian news agency TASS last week at the Army-2021 exhibition on the outskirts of Moscow. The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec, signed a contract with Russia’s Defense Ministry at Army-2021 for the delivery of AK-12 rifles to the Russian Army.

"The AK-12 has served as a replacement for the AK-74 since 2018 and will become the basic gun of the Russian Armed Forces in the next few years," the press office said. "Kalashnikov Group has launched production of upgraded AK-12 automatic weapons." The press office added that "The AK-12 provides for its 24/7 employment and is distinguished by good ergonomics and accuracy. Its design has been fully tested and the customer confirms this. The assault rifle is set to become the basic weapon of the Russian soldier for decades to come."

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