The A-545 is a successor to the earlier AEK-971 assault rifle. The original design was developed at the Kovrov Mechanical Plant by chief designer Sergey Koksharov in the late 1970s.
In 2014, both the A-545 and the AK-12 passed state trials of the infantry combat system ‘Ratnik’. In 2015, Russia introduced the A-545 for service with select operation units alongside the competing AK-12.
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