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Russia’s Newest Assault Rifles: A-545, AK-12, AK-15 (Infographics)

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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.

Russia's Newest Assault Rifles: A-545, AK-12, AK-15 (Infographics)

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The Kalashnikov AK-12 is one of the newest derivative of the Soviet/Russian AK-series of assault rifles. In 2014, the AK-12 entered in service with the Russian Armed Forces.

The main reason behind the AK-12’s development was that the Russian army has huge stocks of Soviet AK-74 assault rifles, and some Russian army officials announced that the army was not going to to buy any more newly produced AK-74M rifles in the foreseeable future. This pushed the Concern Kalashnikov to develop a new rifle that would interest the Russian military.

The AK-12 retains traditional Kalashnikov-type gas operated action with rotary bolt locking, and use magazines compatible with previous generations of 5.45mm AK-74 – 7.62mm AKM rifles. The gas block, gas tube, receiver and barrel is redesigned for better accuracy under all conditions. Trigger and safety / fire selector unit has three modes of fire, including single shots, 2-round bursts and full automatic fire.

Russia's Newest Assault Rifles: A-545, AK-12, AK-15 (Infographics)

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The Kalashnikov Concern presented the AK-15 assault rifle at the Army 2016 defence exhibition held outside Moscow in September. It has a rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute, which is 50 rounds faster than that of the AK-74M. The AK15 brandishes a Picatinny rail for various devices, a telescopic-type buttstock, and a pistol-type grip. The magazine-opening cover, foregrip, and gas tube are modified to ratch up the rifle’s grouping of shots and ergonomics. The AK-15 was developed under the Ratnik program with aim to replace the AK-103.

Russia's Newest Assault Rifles: A-545, AK-12, AK-15 (Infographics)

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Russian weapons are in a league of their own in terms of quality, reliability and cost. It is time the more deadly ones like S-400 are used on the Zionists in Syria.

Хасен Жасем Халфет

Come on guys this is embarassing … the pictures are wrong.
The Rifle in the AK-12 picture is the old AK-12 not the one accepted into service. the new one is very different ergonomically.
The rifle in the AK-15 is wrong on so many levels … the magasine is a NATO magasine (the AK-15 is a 7.62X39mm caliber the mag is way more curved) the AK-15 does not have Key-Mod hand guards and has a full length picattiny rail on the upper cover, the iron sights are in the wrong place, the pistol grip is not it … infact on the AK-15 you only got the buttstock right … everything else is wrong.


Right, in the picture above is the first version that was canceled. This is the final versioncomment image

cechas vodobenikov

crippled by their corruption, immorality, addiction to cocaine, burgers, anti-depressants, indebted and incompetent, amerrikans r unable to reform themselves by piping oil and gas…even their pitiful weapons do not compete…expected in a desperate empire predicted to collapse in the next decade

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