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9 novembre 2015 1 09 /11 /novembre /2015 17:40
AK-47 assault rifle. © Vitaly Ankov / RIA Novosti

AK-47 assault rifle. © Vitaly Ankov / RIA Novosti

 

9 Nov, 2015 RT.com

 

Russian gun maker Kalashnikov Group is in discussions with Indian firms about starting weapons production in the country, according to Kalashnikov CEO Alexei Krivoruchko.

 

“We are in talks with both public as well as private companies in India. But it is a bit early to offer any specific names, as we are still at negotiations," Krivoruchko told the Press Trust of India news agency (PTI) on Monday.

 

Discussions started in early 2015, although some Indian companies have shown an interest in producing Kalashnikov rifles since 2008, he added. He also said India’s Defense Ministry is not involved in the talks.

 

Around $100 million will be needed to begin production, according to the CEO. That excludes the cost of utilities and manufacturing facilities.

 

"Initially we are expecting production of at least 50,000 units per year with a potential of scaling up production in the future," Krivoruchko said, specifying that India is primarily interested in the 5.56mm and the 7.62mm automatic weapons.

 

The Kalashnikov Group was created in 2013 with the merger of two gun makers, Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Plant. The firm exports to 27 countries, including the USA, UK, Germany and Italy. The AK-47 assault rifle is one of the most popular and widely used assault rifles in the world.

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3 avril 2015 5 03 /04 /avril /2015 16:40
Kalashnikov will increase the level of investment by a billion rubles

CEO of Concern Kalashnikov, Aleksey Krivoruchko, spoke in an interview with Vesti.ru about how sanctions have affected the work of the company, which, despite the sanctions being in place, has managed to increase its production capacity, and about the newly reshaped global geography of the weapons purchasing market.

 

02.04.2015 by Rostec

 

CEO of the Concern Aleksey Krivoruchko discussed how it was possible to increase production under sanctions


 

 

 

- Earlier you mentioned the launch of boats and drones. What is the volume of investment in these areas?

- The amount of investment will be approximately 700-800 million rubles for the two companies. We purchase a share in the assets of the already existing companies, which are promising and already present in the market. We believe this investment will be very promising, since it is an area that we are seriously pursuing.

 

- In your opinion, why is there such an interest in these particular areas?

- With regard to the boats, this niche is still quite reasonably free. They are light, small boats, and we believe that this niche is going to develop further, both for the Defense Ministry and for other customers, including those in the civil field. And also, we are considering installing weapons of our production on these boats.

 

Our program will increase due to currency exchange rates. Originally it stood at 5 billion rubles. Now it will be no less than 6 billion rubles

CEO OF CONCERN KALASHNIKOV ALEKSEY KRIVORUCHKO

 

- As far as boats and drones go, who are your main customers?

- We are currently working on exporting boats and drones, and we hope and believe that there will be many export orders.

 

- Who else are you looking at as potential buyers in the long term?

- There’s EMERCOM, and Customs who were buying and will continue to buy, and, of course, the Ministry of the Interior. Therefore, we believe that there is a great potential for development.

 

- What kind of return on these investments do you expect?

- We expect to fully recoup this investment within three years.

 

- Our experts believe the way for the Concern to reach its past capacity is now possible by expanding and updating the range. What other projects can be expected in the near future?

- Our primary area of activity, is, of course, small arms of various calibers, and we are conducting more development in this field, with already more than 40 works in progress, and many of these works we will showcase this year at the "Russian Army" Expo in the Maritime Defense hall of the exhibition. Therefore, we have a lot to do, and you are absolutely right, without modern, new developments, it is, of course, hard to expand to larger volumes of production and sales, including abroad. The investment program, which was around 5 billion rubles, will increase in the overall amount, primarily due to currency exchange rates. And we now know that it will be an investment of at least 6 billion rubles. Approximately one and a half billion has been invested last year, and about one and a half billion will also be invested this year, meaning that, in regards to the investment program, we are not making any reductions. So far, we have a situation that allows us to save on all volumes.

 

We have no personnel reductions, and instead have increased production by more than half this year, compared to 2014.

CEO OF CONCERN KALASHNIKOV ALEKSEY KRIVORUCHKO

 

- Are there any other areas for reducing costs, as far as you know, within the company?

- The Concern has a lot of experience in reducing costs, due to the fact that for many years there was no new technology, or for that matter, new equipment. And today we already have a great example: we changed out 30 machines for one machine, which is much more technologically advanced. And, of course, there is the transition to new technology when it comes to metals that can save tens or even hundreds of percentage points in costs. This is one of the key areas where we are seeing positive results.

 

- So, as it turns out, you are reducing costs through investment and through the purchase of new equipment?

- Partly so, even though up to now the Concern has been profitable, but it is impossible to acquire new machines and technologies without making the necessary investment. However, for now it has a strong effect, and today we were able to increase production by more than double over the previous year, in comparison to 2013, proving that, in that regard, it is working.

 

- So the main effect is already visible. But what is the main result that you are aiming for?

- We are planning very seriously to reduce our costs, both in production and overhead costs. We expect to finalize our investment program in 2017.

 

- Nowadays, many companies are trying to reduce personnel, how do you see your future staffing concerns?

- We are not planning any reductions, there are even jobs available for hiring - mainly for workers. We were able to expand the overall enterprise by expanding our exports. We have our orders. We have a large order from the Defense Ministry, and therefore, we have no plans to implement cuts, and instead, we expect a production increase even two times greater than the growth of 2014.

 

- How have sanctions affected the work of Kalashnikov Concern and what results have you achieved during 2014 ?

- They really had a huge affect upon us. Of all the companies that were targeted on the sanctions list, we were the only one that had almost 80 percent of products that were exported to the United States market - they were our civilian weapon sales. For us, this was certainly a serious blow. But thanks to the work with our colleagues at Rosoboronexport and other companies, we were to completely replace these volumes. And as I said, in 2014, we increased the volume almost two-fold compared to 2013 - despite the sanctions. So this is one of our, let's say, problem areas.

The second issue, which is also connected with the sanctions, it that it has become difficult to obtain foreign exchange transfers from customers. Banks are afraid to cooperate with us, which created a number of difficulties.

And the third area, which is also affected by the sanctions, is the supply of equipment. Equipment from European or other manufacturers. You may buy equipment from a European manufacturer, and then, for reasons beyond you, they refuse to supply spare parts or other services. For us, this was, of course, a bit of a kick and a lesson learned, so now we go to Russian manufacturers for machine tools, and as of right now, the industry is actively developing. We also work with Asian producers.

 

- Some people believe that 100 percent import substitution is impossible. As far as the Concern goes, do you imagine making it happen?

- In our case, thankfully, it is entirely possible to pull it off, thanks to our partners in Asia. To date, we have had cases of refusal to supply equipment, and it is only caused a negative impact in regards to the image of those companies.

 

Almost 80% of the products were shipped to the United States, so the sanctions and closing of this market was a serious blow for us, but we were able to completely replace these volumes

CEO OF CONCERN KALASHNIKOV ALEKSEY KRIVORUCHKO

 

- What is the current ratio between imported and domestic equipment?

- Not all equipment is made in Russia - but around 15-20% we purchase from Russian and Belorussian manufacturers.

 

- At what prices are you now having to buy imported components and how have they changed after the imposition of sanctions?

- In rubles, it is certainly more expensive, but these are very good quality products, which are still much cheaper than the European ones.

 

- You say that previously Kalashnikov Concern had 80 percent of its sales coming from the United States. Who became the new buyer that filled the void?

- A year ago, we had 80 percent civilian weapons being sold. Then, due to the ban, we had to reorient our civilian market, and, of course, we had to refocus our strategy and production. And today we have realigned 80 percent of our production to military weapons. In this area, the main customers are Africa and the Middle East, as well as South East Asia, Latin America, and the countries where we have been able to significantly increase sales by working with Rosoboronexport.

 

- When you were talking about drones and boats, you mentioned purchasing of companies. Do you have any such purchases planned for the future?

-Indeed, these options are not excluded - they are definitely being considered fully. We have already conducted a detailed study of purchasing abroad, however, because of the sanctions, we have suspended it for now and hope that it will soon come back online.

 

- What are the financial goals and objectives of Kalashnikov Concern for 2015?

- As you already know from the Company’s reporting statement for 2014, we carried a net profit. It was relatively small at 88 million rubles, but this was a very positive result, considering the imposition of sanctions. This year we plan to significantly increase net income and revenue, so we have great confidence in the future.

 

- Significantly, by how much?

- We have a number of contracts that we have to implement. There are a number of difficulties involved, but we are planning for an increase of up to 15 billion rubles in the near future, compared to 4 billion in the past.

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 07:40
Russian military to get new assault rifles

 

February 2, 2015 by David Pugliese

 

The Russian Ministry of Defence has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation program, writes Remigiusz Wilk of IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Deputy Minister of Defence Yuriy Borisov gave an interview on Russian radio on Jan. 24 where he outlined details of the procurement. The two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern were selected by the military and that up to 70,000 have been ordered. The rifles are -the AK-12, chambered in 5.45×39 mm, and the AK-103-4, which is chambered in 7.62×39 mm.

The AK-12 is similar to its predecessor, the AK-74M, and has some common parts, Borisov told Russian radio.

 

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15 avril 2014 2 15 /04 /avril /2014 11:40
Kalashnikov to protect the rifle image from copying

 

 

14 April 2014 by Rostec

 

The Group will record a three-dimensional image as a trademark



The Kalashnikov Group has lodged an application for the registration of the three-dimensional images of the AK and the AKM rifle family as trademarks. If the application is approved, the toy manufacturers that copy the famous weapons will have to obtain a license for the importation of these products in Russia.

The documents for the registration were submitted for 21 types of goods (total number of the types in the international classification of goods and services is 45). The company’s representatives emphasize that the registration of a three-dimensional image is the principal question because the "flat" image patent can be сheated by changing its angle.

According to Izvestia, it is clarified in the application that a three-dimensional rifle’s image “has distinctive ability because of his wide fame”, and “it is associated with the applicant historically, since the production of Kalashnikov assault rifles from the beginning and to this day is localized in the city of Izhevsk in the enterprises, on the basis of which the Kalashnikov Group was founded”.

The Group’s representative said, “The Kalashnikov Group has a task to promote the brand, including the assault rifle. We protect our products”.

In case if the application is approved, the Kalashnikov rifle images cannot be used in the manufacture of various goods without communicating it to Kalashnikov. The ban will include, for example, deodorants, fuel, knives, razors, computer software, ammunition, firearms, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, bed covers, fasteners, toys, sports equipment, smoking accessories and others.

The experts believe that the main goal of the application is to prevent the inconsistent use of a recognizable brand, and not to prevent the production of other products under this brand.  The majority of children's toys in the form of a Kalashnikov are produced abroad, so the Russian ban does not affect the release of such products. However, after the trademark is patented, such toys will not pass our customs. The manufacturer will be required to obtain a license from the copyright holder to import goods to Russia.

The review of the application will take between 14 to 16 months, and before that time it is possible to use the image of the Kalashnikov rifle in Russia without the consent of the company.  The possibility of registration of the trademark abroad is not excluded, but the concrete plans have not been revealed.

The Kalashnikov Group is the largest Russian developer and manufacturer of automatic and sniper weapons, guided artillery shells, as well as a wide range of civil products. It is a member of the State Corporation Rostec.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 12:40
Kalashnikov has issued additional shares

 

26.03.2014 by Rostec

 

The company’s authorized capital has risen to RUB 2.6 billion

 

In accordance with a decision by the state corporation Rostec, the Kalashnikov concern has carried out the state registration of additional shares at a value of RUB 2.653 billion. Upon completion of corporate procedures, the authorized capital of the company will increase to RUB 2,653,100,000.

The Kalashnikov concern’s decision to issue an additional 2,653,000 shares at a nominal value of RUB 1,000 each was registered with the Bank of Russia on March 13, 2014. In accordance with the decision on the issuing of shares, they will all go through a closed agreement to Rostec, which currently owns 100% of the concern, and the company TransKomplekt Holding. As a result, Rostec will own 51% of Kalashnikov, with the remaining 49% of shares going to private investors.

“The increase of the authorized capital will have a positive impact on the liquidity and solvency of the enterprise, allowing us to mobilize financial resources to implement investment projects, as well as the modernization and expansion of production,” said Aleksei Krivoruchko, CEO of the enterprise.

The increase of the authorized capital will have a positive impact on the liquidity and solvency of the enterprise

Aleksei Krivoruchko, CEO of Kalashnikov concern

It is planned to use the profits from the additional issue of shares to repay the credit obligations of Kalashnikov to Sberbank and to implement other aspects of the company’s program for financial recovery. A final decision on this matter will be reached during a shareholders’ meeting after the completion of the stock offering.

The Kalashnikov concern (formerly known as Izhmash) is the Russia’s largest producer of automatic and sniper combat arms, guided artillery shells, and a wide range of civil products, including shotguns, sporting rifles, machines, and tools.

The enterprise was founded in 1807 and is now part of the state corporation Rostec. Kalashnikov unites large state enterprises in the Russia’s weapons industry (Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Factory). In the future, the concern will also include the «Molot» machine building plant in the Vyatsko-Polyansky district, the L. N. Koshkin KBAL, and «Progress» NITI. The Kalashnikov products can be found in 27 countries, including the USA, UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Thailand.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 08:40
Kalashnikov to present new products from its Baikal brand to Europeans


07.03.2014 Rostec
 

European customers will be able to familiarize themselves with new products from the Baikal brand, including the semi-automatic gun MP-135; pneumatic pistols MP-654KM, MP-657, and MP-657K; and compressed gas guns MP-553 and MP-553K. The Kalashnikov press service recently reported on this.

Overall, the company will present 140 different hunting rifles to visitors to the IWA & Outdoor Classic 2014 international sporting and hunting goods exposition. The event will take place March 7-10 in the German city of Nuremberg.

Among the products are some already familiar to Europeans, such as the sports carbine Saiga-MK-107, as well as the Saiga 340 gun for practical shooting and the Saiga-9 in 9x19 mm and 9x21 mm calibers, whose mass production is scheduled to begin n 2014.

More than 20 carbine rifles and other weapons come from the Viatsko-Polianskii Hammer Factory, including new the Wild Boar performance series with 7.62x39 mm and .308 Win calibers, the Griffin carbine with interchangeable barrels of 223 Rem, .308 Win, and 20x76 mm calibers, as well as hunting rifles of 9x19 mm caliber and .22 LR using an AKM base.

Kalashnikov’s general manager Aleksei Krivoruchko  is leading the company’s delegation. During the exhibition talks are scheduled to take place with company leaders, as well as with potential partners to supply the enterprise with modern machinery for production modernization.
The 200-square meter both will be used to present a wide range of civilian weapons produced by the concern Kalashnikov, Izhevsk Mechanical Factory, and the Viatsko-Polianskii Hammer Factory.

European IWA is one of three hunting weapon expositions in the world that takes place on a regular basis. The two others are Shot Show in the U.S. and Arms and Hunting in Russia

The IWA presents weapons, equipment, clothing, shoes, knives, and other hunting accessories for hunters and tourists. Military weapons are not demonstrated here.

The concern Kalashnikov (formerly Izhmash) is Russia’s largest producer of automatic and sniper combat arms, guided artillery shells, and a wide range of civilian products, including shotguns, hunting rifles, machines, and tools. The company was founded in 1807 and is now part of the state corporation Rostec. Kalashnikov brings together large state enterprises of Russia’s arms industry, such as Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Factory. In the future, the Viatsko-Polianskii Hammer Factory, KBAL named for Koshkin and NITI Progress will also join the concern. Kalashnikov’s products are delivered to 27 countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Thailand.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:40
NYT: Russia Sells Stake in Maker of AK-47s to Investors

25.09.2013 rostec.ru

 

A government-owned conglomerate announced plans to sell to two private investors 49% of the Kalashnikov Group

 

A Russian government-owned conglomerate announced plans on Monday to sell to two private investors just under half of the company that makes Kalashnikov assault rifles.

 

The company, Izhevsk Machine Works, has made AK-47s, which are the world’s most distributed firearm, since shortly after World War II. And despite years of deep financial crisis, the company has been seen as a crown jewel of Russia’s military industrial complex.
Izhevsk returned to profitability in recent years in large part because of robust sales to American civilians.

The government had been searching for investors to share the burden of modernizing the sprawling machine shops and integrating the business, known as Izhmash, with other small arms makers as part of a broader overhaul of military enterprises, an important sector in the Russian economy.

In the deal announced Monday, the two Russian investors are buying 49 percent of Izhmash and four related enterprises that make pistols, cartridge cases and machine tools for the firearms industry for 2.5 billion rubles ($78 million). The investors are Aleksei Krivoruchko, a part owner of suburban trains linking Moscow to its airports, and Andrei Bokarev, who has a background in Siberian coal mining.

The controlling stake of 51 percent will remain with the state-owned conglomerate, Russian Technologies, an umbrella organization President Vladimir V. Putin established in 2007 to revive the military industry, in part by attracting investors.
“Private and state partnerships are an effective model to reform enterprises,” Sergei V. Chemezov, the Russian Technologies chief executive, said in a statement Monday.

The sale culminates the transformation of a Russian military enterprise that adapted to a civilian clientele, and also testifies to the money to be made in the gun market in the United States, where ownership laws are more lenient than in many other countries. Because China and former members of the Soviet Union make so many bootlegs of Kalashnikov assault rifles, producing the gun of choice for a broad spectrum of people who carry firearms was never good business for Izhmash until sales to relatively wealthy American buyers picked up.

Kalashnikov-pattern rifles are colloquially known as AK-47s — a name derived from the Russian word for automatic and the surname of the inventor, Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, as well as the year the first prototype appeared.

In an interview in 2012, the former factory director, Maksim Kuzyuk,described sales in the United States as integral to the business. About 40 percent of the factory’s output went to gun buyers there, about the same number as bought by the Russian military. The United States is the world’s largest importer of small arms, bringing in about $1.2 billion worth of guns in 2011, according to the Small Arms Survey, a standard reference of weapons trading globally.

Under a business plan announced along with the sale on Monday, the gun maker said it expected to quadruple its annual profit to $770 million, from about $193 million last year, and to triple output to 1.9 million guns annually by 2020.

In the deal, the government bundled five firearms manufacturers and related companies including Izhmash into a new structure that will be called Kontsern Kalashnikov, or the Kalashnikov Concern. These include Izhmekh, a pistol maker, as well as Koshkina, an engineering company making cartridge cases and machine tools for the food canning industry.

Government sales in Russia are also expected to rise. The American civilian rifle sales helped Izhmash to retool its factory for a new version for the Russian military, called the AK-12, which will be available next year.

Source: The New York Times

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 21:40
Kalashnikov Group to sell 49% stake to private investors

25.09.2013 Rostec.ru

 

Rostec will retain a controlling interest

 

Rostec has proposed selling a 49% stake in Kalashnikov Group to private investors. At the same time the state corporation will retain a controlling stake of 51% of shares. Andrei Bokarev, President and Co-owner of Transmashholding, and Aleksey Krivoruchko, CEO of Aeroexpress and a member of the Board of Directors of Transmashholding, have come forward as investors. The deal amounts to RUB 2.5 billion.

 

In accordance with the development strategy for the small arms sector lasting until 2020, which has been developed by Rostec together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Kalashnikov Group will be responsible for the full product lifecycle from design to disposal. It will also carry out research and development work to create advanced weapon systems. According to the strategy, revenue from the sale of small arms is anticipated to grow by four times to RUB 24 billion, the production of small arms is predicted to grow three times to 1.9 million units per year, and labor productivity is predicted to grow three times to RUB 2.5 million per person.

To implement Kalashnikov Group's strategy, RUB 3.6 billion will be required, 2.5 billion of which will be raised from the private investors Andrei Bokarev, President and Co-owner of Transmashholding as well as Co-owner of Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, and Aleksey Krivoruchko, member of the Board of Directors of Transmashholding.

“Public-private partnership is an effective model for reforming Russian industry, and it allows for implementing large-scale projects,” said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec. “In addition to investments, it is especially important to attract investors who have both market expertise along with a responsible attitude to the purchased assets. Since Kalashnikov Group is a strategic company, the main condition was that the deal needed to be absolutely transparent. The new strategy adopted by the corporation will place Kalashnikov on the path of sustainable development. At the same time the state, as represented by Rostec, will retain a controlling interest in the corporation, which is essential to maintaining a balance of commercial and public interest in the enterprise.”

The corporation plans to issue additional stock in order to complete the deal, so that investors' funds can be invested directly into Kalashnikov’s authorized capital and contribute to the company's development. In accordance with the terms of the deal, the investors will use their own funds and loans to buy 49% ownership of Kalashnikov Group for RUB 2.5 billion. To achieve this goal, the investors will create a joint venture in which investor ownership will be split 50/50. The amount of RUB 2.5 billion will be invested over the first two years, with RUB 1.3 billion to be invested in the authorized capital immediately. These funds will be used, among other things, to pay off debt as well as to pay the corporation’s loans. Rostec has invested RUB 1.2 billion in Kalashnikov Group over the last two years. An independent evaluation of Kalashnikov Group will be completed by the end of October.

"The Russian small arms industry has great potential, but in order to realize it we need significant resources and managerial competence,” noted co-investor Andrei Bokarev. “Our decision to invest in the Kalashnikov Group was primarily due to financial motivations. We already have experience in creating financially successful hi-tech machine-building companies, and we are ready to apply these competencies to the development of Kalashnikov Group.”

The deal to sell a 49% stake to private investors was approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and it has also won the support of Vladimir Putin during his recent meeting with Sergey Chemezov at a presentation by Kalashnikov Group.

Andrei Bokarev and Aleksey Krivoruchko have extensive experience in the arms manufacturing industry. Transmashholding has fulfilled a number of contracts for the Ministry of Defense, including those for the production of "Shilka" self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon systems, tractors, as well as “Thor”, "Buk", and "Tunguska" crawler chassis. The company also manufactures diesel engines for submarines, railway platforms for mobile missile systems and shipping containers for missiles.

In 2010, state-owned Rostec was actively engaged in resolving the problems of NPO Izhmash when the Russian small arms industry was in deep crisis. At that time enterprises faced severe financial difficulties and suffered due to a lack of modern technology. Izhmash had an opaque and cumbersome management system: it consisted of 32 legal entities, some of which were in offshore jurisdictions. It relied on illegal methods for withdrawing funds. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy.

The creation of the Kalashnikov Group was the systematic result of a financial crisis bailout program developed under the leadership of Sergey Chemezov.  In addition to Izhmash, the corporation includes Izhevsk Mechanical Plant, Vyatsko-Polyansky Engineering Plant Molot, Koshkin Automatic Lines Design Bureau and NITI Progress.

 

The Kalashnikov Group is an association of the largest companies in the Russian small arms industry, which are subsidiaries of the Rostec State Corporation. The corporation was founded on the basis of Izhmash, Izhevsk Mechanical Plant, Vyatsko-Polyansky Engineering Plant Molot, Koshkin Automatic Lines Design Bureau (Klimovsk) and NITI Progress (Izhevsk). The corporation is the largest Russian manufacturer of military-grade automatic and sniper weapons as well as guided artillery shells. It also produces a wide range of civilian products, including hunting rifles, sporting rifles, machine tools and tools.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 17:40
Russian Army to induct AK-12 assault rifles in 2014

18 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

The Russian Army will induct modified version of new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle along with several other small arms into operational service next year, a senior government official has revealed.

 

Military-Industrial Commission deputy chairman, Oleg Bochkarev, said in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio that: ''In 2014, the Russian Army will start receiving new assault rifles, handguns, machine guns and sniper rifles, including 5.45-mm and 7.62-mm variants of the Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle.''

 

An upgraded variant of the Russian Army's Soviet-era 5.45mm calibre AK-74 Kalashnikov series, AK-12 is capable of firing foreign-standard barrel-mounted grenades in three different modes, including single shot, three-shot burst and automatic fire.

 

Rolled out by its manufacturer, Izhmash in January 2012, the rifle retains almost all the AK-74's features and overall layout, with enhanced technology and features a folding stock, height-adjustable heelpiece, as well as Picatinny rails to support attachment of optical and night-sights, grenade launchers, target indicators and other special equipment.

 

Configurable for cartridges varying from 5.45mm x 39mm to 7.62mm x 51mm Nato standard, the rifle is also designed to serve as a basic platform for development of AK-12U carbine, PPK-12 submachine gun, SVK-12 sniper rifle RPK-12 light machine gun and several other export versions.

 

Also known as AK-200, the tactically flexible assault rifle however, demonstrated technical faults during its preliminary trials, which were carried out by the Russian central arms testing body, Tochmash, in November 2012.

 

The state acceptance trials of the rifle are scheduled to commence in later in 2013, with serial production planned by the end of the year.

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