Kalashnikov improves AK-12 assault rifle based on Ukraine combat experience

MOSCOW, July 29. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Kalashnikov Group has improved the AK-12 assault rifle based on the experience gained in Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, Group CEO Vladimir Lepin said in an interview with Kalashnikov magazine.
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“The experience of using the AK-12 in real combat is a separate issue. In March 2022, the Main Missile and Artillery Department [of the Russian Defense Ministry] held a set of meetings on the operation of AK-12 assault rifles in the special military operation. Proposals are already available on the weapon’s further improvement… Proposals were made to exclude the two-round burst mode, as well as to provide for the possibility of installing controls on both sides, an adjustable cheek piece,” Lepin said. The upgraded AK-12 prototype has already been demonstrated to the Russian Defense Ministry, he added.

The 5.45mm AK-12 assault rifle developed by the Kalashnikov Group features increased fire accuracy and has several Picatinny rails for installing additional equipment, including sights, the front handle, a flashlight, and a laser designator.

The AK-12 is also equipped with an easily detachable bayonet-type high-performance muzzle brake. The muzzle’s design allows installing noiseless and flameless firing devices.

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