These news cause a variety of emotions. The society asks questions: is there a need to abandon the time-tested small weapons and were the modern designers able to surpass the legendary creation of Mikhail Kalashnikov?
According to military experts, the replacement of the main machine is long overdue. The first attempts to do this were undertaken even at sunset. The AN-94, the creation of designer Gennady Nikonov, was to become the fighter’s new weapon. But in the dashing 90-e was not up to this and the machine was purchased only in small batches, and then completely was forgotten.
Again the topic was raised at the end of the 2000's.