Russia’s largest firearms manufacturer, JSC Izhmash, unveiled its first model of the fifth-generation Kalashnikov assault rifle. The Russian Defense Ministry will tentatively call the new model the AK-12. Izhmash’s chief designer, Vladimir Zlobin, initiated the development and in 2011 saw completion of the assembly of this new weapon. “Researchers are currently field-testing the new weapon,” an Izhmash spokesperson said Wednesday.
AK-12 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle
Russia’s Interior Ministry has requested models of the AK-12 for testing. Izhmash is ready to arrange the deliveries of the new weapon for the Russian army as well, Interfax reports. Russian news agencies reported Wednesday that the Defense Ministry of Russia was not planning any purchases from Izhmash within the defense budget for 2012. Designers are developing the AK-12 for export purposes. However, it also meets the requirements of the Russian Defense Ministry, which has strict requirements regarding equipment for the Russian army. If there is an order, the enterprise will be ready to arrange the shipments of the AK-12 to the Russian Armed Forces and special units of the Russian Federation. The state tests for the rifle may begin at the end of 2012 or in the beginning of 2013.
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