As you can see from our recent articles, Kalashnikov Concern has introduced a number of new products during the ARMY-2017 exhibition. Besides the firearms which we wrote about in separate articles, there were many other new products that are either not entirely small arms related or are prototypes with a very little information available about. Many of them won’t “qualify” for a separate article, that’s why I’ve decided to combine them in this article.
AK-12K and AK-15K
Earlier, Kalashnikov has introduced the AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles. Both were heavily modified AK-74s with the former being chambered in 5.45x39mm and the latter – in 7.62x39mm calibers. During ARMY-2017, they have shown the short barrelled prototypes of AK-12 and AK-15 called AK-12K and AK-15K respectively.
Vladimir Onokoy, the technical consultant of KC, talks about these rifles in the video below:
Prototype .50 Caliber Rifle
They’ve also shown a prototype of a new .50 caliber bolt-action anti-materiel rifle.
Kalashnikov Concern also announced the release of two airsoft guns. One of them (AR1) is an airsoft version of the AK-74M. It features a steel receiver and barrel as well as real AK-74 furniture. The second one (MR-659) is an airsoft replica of the Makarov pistol.
During the ARMY-2017, Kalashnikov Concern officials signed an agreement with a Russian company called Shvabe. It is quite a large company specialized in optical devices manufacturing including rifle scopes and combat sights. According to the agreement, Shvabe will design new scopes for the Kalashnikov Concern and the first models must hit the shelves by the end of this year.
As far as I understand, Kalashnikov Concern is not concentrated on small arms only. During the exhibition, they’ve introduced a number of other products too, including military/tactical apparel and backpacks, UAVs and even electric motorcycles designed for the military and law enforcement use. Below is the promotional video of their military motorcycle.
They even make military boats! The video below kind of represents their multi-segment marketing and the strategy of providing complete solutions for special forces.
By watching the development of the brand, I think pretty soon the name Kalashnikov won’t be exclusively associated with the rifles.