AK-12 AK-15


Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle, early prtotype as shown in 2013

 


Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle, prtotype that participated in "Ratnik" trials, photo taken in June, 2015.
Shown here with belorussian-made Red Dot (collimating) sight

 


5.45mm Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle, 2016 version
photo: "Kalashnikov" Concern

 

5.45mm Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle, 2016 version
photo: "Kalashnikov" Concern

 

7.62mm Kalashnikov AK-15 assault rifle with tactical sound suppressor (silencer)


 

 

AK-12

AK-15

Caliber

5,45х39

7.62х39

Action

Gas operated

Length, mm

862-922 (688 with stock folded)

Barrel length, mm

415

Weight, kg

3.5

3.74

Rate of fire, rounds/minute

700

Magazine capacity, rounds

30

30


 

The 5.45mm Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle is a perspective weapon which is eventually intended to replace previous generations of 5.45mm Kalashnikov assault rifles (AK-74, AK-74M) in service with Russian and other governmental forces. AK-12 project was commenced in 2011 by IZHMASH factory (now part of the “Kalashnikov” concern) as a private venture, in an attempt to participate in the “Ratnik” trials which were held by Russian army. The goal of the “Ratnik” trials is to select a new combat kit for Russian Special forces, which, besides other items, shall include 7.62mm and 5.45mm assault rifles of modern design and increased effectiveness.

During these years, AK-12 rifle went through several modifications. The latest one, shown above, was first displayed to the general public during Russian Army-2016 expo in September, 2016. This version, which is noticeably different from the previous one, shown in 2015, has successfully completed state trials and is undergoing field trials with Russian army during the 2016. Compared to the previous version, 2016-style AK-12 is said to be more reliable, more accurate and better suited to latest military requirements. Its version chambered for 7.62×39 M43 cartridge, received its own designation of 7.62mm Kalashnikov AK-15 assault rifle.

As of this moment (September 2016), no final word was given by Russian MoD about the final fate of the AK-12 and AK-15 rifles and the “Ratnik” trials, but their chances are considered to be rather good.


 

Kalashnikov AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles retains traditional Kalashnikov-type gas operated action with rotary bolt locking, and use magazines compatible with previous generations of 5.45mm AK-74 ot 7.62mm AKM rifles respectively. The receiver, gas block, gas tube and barrel are redesigned to achieve better accuracy under all conditions. Trigger and safety / fire selector unit is redesigned to provide three modes of fire, including single shots, 2-round bursts and full automatic fire, and familiar Kalashnikov-style safety/selector switch is provided by an “index finger pad” to ensure faster and more convenient operation.

AK-12 (AK-15) rifle is equipped with integrated Picatinny rail on the top of the redesigned, detachable top cover, which permits simple and fast installation of modern day and night sighting equipment. Bottom of the forend is also equipped with Picatinny rail for various tactical accessories such as vertical grips, flashlights and lasers. Rifle is equipped with side-folding shoulder stock which is adjustable for length of pull. Iron sights consist of a shrouded front post, mounted on the gas block, and an adjustable rear aperture sight, installed on the removable base using upper Picatinny rail. Barrel is provided with effective compensator / muzzle brake. Depending on the tactical situation, a bayonet or quick detachable sound suppressor can be mounted on the barrel. To further increase combat effectiveness of the rifle, it can be equipped with 40mm underballer grenade launcher such as GP-25 or GP-34.

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