August 8, 2022
Kalashnikov ak-12

Russia Debuts the AK-12

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Kalashnikov produces new AK-12 assault rifle

The Kalashnikov Concern of Russia has announced the new AK-12 assault rifle which it said in a Telegram statement. “far exceeds the Russian Defence Ministry requirement for non stop automatic fire.”

The Kalashnikov AK-12

“The AK-12 endured 680 shots fired in bursts non-stop, exceeding thrice the Defense Ministry’s standard,” Kalashnikov Concern said. The AK-12 has a 5.45mm calibre and boasts greater accuracy and range. It is fitted with Picatinny rails that accepts accessories like sights, stock, a flashlight/laser designator. It can also be fitted with a detachable bayonet and a suppressor.

The US Sig Sauer XM-5

The AK-12 is not much different from the the rifle the US Army selected as its new combat rifle. In April the Pentagon selected the Sig Sauer XM-5 carbine with the same accessories as the AK-12 but with a much larger calibre of 6.8mm. The Russian Ministry of Defence has made no announcement as to when Russian forces will be equipped with the AK-12, the US Army meanwhile plans to buy up to 250,000 XM5 carbines and once the weapon is in service, it will drop the experimental prefix and renamed the M5.

Source TASS/Pentagon

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