Russia to plan the development of a new modernized assault rifle for the Russian army 2412131
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|Tuesday, December 24, 2013 08:55 AM|
|Russia to plan the development of a new modernized assault rifle for the Russian army.|
The recently established Kalashnikov Concern is planning to develop a modernized assault rifle for the Russian Army and hopes to increase the number of models available for export, its general director said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti. “We are currently engaged with a large number of research and development projects for a number of government agencies … we hope to begin a modernization of the AK-74 for the Defense Ministry,” Konstantin Busygin said.
Later that month it was reported that the AK-12– originally intended as an infantry rifle – was passed over by the Russian military. Senior commanders said they did not need the AK-12 when the army had millions of AK-74s stockpiled.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, said in September that the Russian military was planning on standardizing on a single modernized rifle, the AK-12, to replace three aging rifle models.