BREAKING NEWS: Russian Army To Standardize AK-12

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has selected Kalashnikov Concern’s AK-12 rifle to be the next standard-issue service weapon. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov says that up to 70,000 AK-12s are expected to be delivered in 2015, reports:

    Минобороны выбрало автомат АК-12 для российской боевой экипировки военнослужащего “Ратник”, заявил в эфире “Русской службы новостей” замминистра обороны Юрий Борисов.
    “Это уже решенный вопрос. Это автомат “Ижмаш” Ак-12. Цена и качество оказались привлекательными для нас”, – отметил Борисов. Вооруженные Силы России могут получить в этом году до 70 тыс. образцов “Ратника”.

    На 2015 г. намечены бросковые испытания тяжелой стотонной баллистической ракеты “Сармат”. “Я думаю, что мы завершим ОКР в соответствии с планами”, – пояснил Борисов.

    Новшества, заложенные в “Сармат”, позволят новой ракете значительно превзойти предыдущее поколение баллистических ракет. “Полезная нагрузка этой ракеты – до 10 тонн”, – подчеркнул замминистра.

    По его словам, завершен эскизный проект боевого железнодорожного ракетного комплекса (БЖРК), комплекс создадут в рамках госпрограммы вооружений до 2020 г.

    “Закончен эскизный проект. Все идет по плану”, – заявил Борисов. Минобороны не видит технических сложностей в создании комплекса. Раз комплекс смогли сделать в середине 1980-х гг., то нет никаких сомнений, что российские предприятия способны создать БЖРК в нынешних условиях, заключил замминистра.

    Defense Ministry chose AK-12 Russian military equipment soldier “Warrior,” said the radio “Russian news service” Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.
    “It’s already a done deal. This machine” Izhmash “Ak-12. Price and quality were attractive to us,” – said Borisov. Russian Armed Forces can get this year to 70 thousand. Samples “warrior.” In 2015 scheduled throwing hundred-ton heavy test of a ballistic missile “Sarmatian”. “I think that we will finish the ROC in accordance with the plans,” – said Borisov. The innovations incorporated in the “Sarmatian”, will allow the new launch to outperform the previous generation of ballistic missiles. “The payload of the rocket – up to 10 tons,” – said the deputy minister. According to him, completed the preliminary design of combat rail missile system (BZHRK), the complex will create within the state armaments program until 2020 “finished draft design. Everything is going according to plan” – said Borisov. Defense Ministry sees no technical difficulties in creating complex. Once the complex could do in the middle of the 1980s., There is no doubt that Russian companies are able to create BZHRK in the current environment, the Deputy Minister concluded.

    It is not surprising to me that the AK-12 was chosen. Between the desire to preserve an ailing Kalashnikov Concern, and the traditional conservatism of Russian procurement, the AK-12 could have been reasonably predicted to win the contract. Only the superior full-auto performance (for 70 years a major thorn in Russian small arms developers’ sides) of the A545 cast doubts upon the choice, in my mind.

    Despite being fundamentally an AK, the AK-12 does itself bring serious improvements to the table. Improvements in ergonomics, recoil characteristics, and compatibility with Western optics and accessories (such as rifle grenades) offers a very real step up over the AK-74M, making the purchase more than just indulging the Russian small arms industry (though it certainly is that).

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]