The first batch of AK-12 Kalashnikov assault rifles entered service with the special-purpose brigade deployed in the Tambov Region. This was reported by the press service of ZVO.
As explained in the press service, in total more than 500 automatic machines arrived in the brigade, the development of a new automatic machine will begin soon in the course of theoretical and practical exercises. Previously, the brigade was armed with AK-74M assault rifles.
In the near future, military personnel during the training in fire training and tactical and special exercises will begin to master the capabilities of the machine and its daily operation
- said in a statement.
Kalashnikov Concern began deliveries of a new AK-12 assault rifle to the Russian army in December 2018, when the Ministry of Defense received a batch of assault rifles in the amount of 2,5 thousand units. On the adoption of Kalashnikov assault rifles - AK-12 (5,45 mm caliber), AK-15 (7,62 mm), and V. Degtyarev plant - AEK-971 (5,45 mm), AEK -973 (7,62 mm), the military department officially reported in March 2019.
The Ministry of Defense said that in the troops AK-12 caliber 5,45-mm mainly replace the AK-74M. The machine gun was developed within the framework of the “Warrior” program and is included in it as one of the elements of the promising equipment complex of the Russian Armed Forces fighters. AK-12 adopted by all major arms of the military personnel of the combined-arms formations of the Ground Forces, the Airborne Forces and the Marine Corps.
Brief specifications AK-12:
Caliber: mm 5.45x39
Length weapons in the fighting position: 880-940 mm
Length with folded butt: 690 mm
Barrel length: 415 mm
Weight with empty magazine: 3.5 kg
Rate of Shooting: 700 rounds per minute
Store capacity: 30 cartridges