Russia exports more than 100 000 AKs

    Sanctions aside, things seem to be going well for Russian firearms export.

    Rosoboronexport is the only state organization in Russia for exporting the entire range of military, dual-use products and services and technologies.

    The Director General of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, reported that the volume of foreign deliveries of various versions of the Kalashnikov assault rifle exceeded 100 000 units for 2017.

    According to Mr. Mikheev Rosoboronexport concluded seven foreign contracts in 2017 for the supply of more than 100 000 Kalashnikov rifles of various modifications for export.

    The bulk of supplies are from the “One hundred series” like the AK-101, AK-102, AK-103, AK-104 and AK-105.

     

     

    Here’s a brief introduction to these different models:

     

    In short the AK-101 and -102 are 5,56×45 mm.

    The AK-103 and -104 are 7,62х39 mm.

    The AK-105 is 5,45х39 mm.

     

    In a bit more detail. Please note that the pictures are not to scale.

    AK-101 in 5,56×45 mm

    Kalashnikov AK101 meets all of the Land Forces’ and Special Forces’ needs.

    Plastic folding buttstock ensures convenience on the march, during transportation and landing operations. The weapon retains the ability to fire with the folded buttstock.

    The forearm, magazine, buttstock, and pistol grip are made of high-strength plastic and feature great durability to stress. Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts.

    The AK101 features a base to mount a 40-mm under-barrel grenade launcher or a knife-bayonet; and a side mounting rail for night and daylight sights.

    Muzzle compensator provides for cyclic fire accuracy and further reduces muzzle climb and burst recoil.

    Company quality control system and all-around test programs make the AK101 the ultimate world standard in 5.56mm.

     

    AK-102 in 5,56×45

    Kalashnikov assault rifle AK102 meets all of the Land Forces’ and Special Forces’ needs. Having the same caliber, the AK102 differs from the AK101 in shortened barrel and flash hider.

    The AK102 features a side mounting rail to accommodate night and daylight sights

     

    AK103 in 7,62х39

    The AK103 is the third generation of the Kalashnikov assault rifles, a thorough upgrade of the world known AK47 and AKM.

    The AK103 has plastic folding buttstock that ensures convenience on the march, during transportation and landing operations. The weapon can fire with butt stock folded.

    Forearm, magazine, buttstock, and pistol grip are made of high-strength plastic and feature great durability to stress. Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts.

    The AK103 can carry a 40-mm under-barrel grenade launcher or a knife-bayonet.

    There is a side dove-tail mounting rail for optical, collimator or night sights.

    New muzzle brake provides for cyclic fire accuracy and further reduces muzzle climb and burst recoil.

     

     

    AK-104 in 7,62х39

    The AK104 is the third generation of the Kalashnikov rifles, a thorough upgrade of the world known AK47 and AKM. Having the same caliber, the AK104 differs from the AK103 in shortened barrel and flash hider.

    Plastic folding buttstock ensures convenience on the march, during transportation and landing operations. The weapon can fire with buttstock folded.

    The forearm, magazine, buttstock, and pistol grip are made of high-strength plastic and feature great durability to stress. Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts.

    There is a side dove-tail mounting rail for optical, collimator or night sights.

    New muzzle brake provides for cyclic fire accuracy and further reduces muzzle climb and burst recoil.

     

    AK-105 in 5,45х39

    Kalashnikov rifle AK105 meets all of the Land Forces’ and Special Forces’ needs. Having the same caliber, the AK105 differs from the AK74M in shortened barrel and flash hider.

    Plastic folding buttstock ensures convenience on march, during transportation and landing operations. The weapon retains the ability to fire with folded butt stock.

    The forearm, magazine, buttstock, and pistol grip are made of high-strength plastic and feature great durability to stress. Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts.

    The AK105 features a side mounting rail to accommodate night and daylight sights.

     

    Furthermore, Rosoboronexport has also assisted several countries to start up production under license of AK rifles.

    More than 15 000 Kalashnikov rifles have been manufactured under license in 2017. Not a great number, but somebody is making them. It would be interesting to know which country or countries that are producing these rifles? I couldn’t find any information about this.

    Since the beginning of 2001 several hundred thousand units have been produced under license.

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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