Russia receives a new version of Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifles.

The Kalashnikov consortium has completed the delivery of the last batch of its AK-12 assault rifles, model 2023, to the Russian army. This milestone occurs after a series of mandatory tests that each rifle must undergo. Kalashnikov transmitted this information on April 20, 2024.

The 2023 version of the AK-12 was developed after the experiences in the Northern Military District, where previous versions (2018 and 2021) had been used. The results of these experiences led to new improvements to increase the functionality of the weapon.

Key features of the 2023 AK-12 model include an integrated slotted flash suppressor and a revamped trigger mechanism with a two-way safety switch. The new diopter sight, suitable for all weather conditions, is equipped with a reversible rear sight that improves visibility in different lighting conditions. An adjustable cheekpiece has also been added to facilitate precise shooting with optical or night sights. Modifications have been made to the receiver cap mounting system and the foregrip architecture. In particular, the single shot option has been removed.

The AK-12 is a modern evolution of Russian-designed assault rifles, incorporating several improvements over its predecessors. This rifle can use a wide variety of ammunition, including the 5.45×39 mm caliber used mainly in Russia, 5.56×45 mm and 7.62×51 mm according to NATO standards, as well as 7.62 ×39mm.

Russia receives a new version of Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifles.

The AK-12 measures 945 mm long, but its stock can be folded, reducing its length to 725 mm, making it easier to transport and maneuver in tight environments, such as during urban operations. The rifle weighs 3.3 kg, a relatively lightweight that contributes to its maneuverability. In terms of the rate of fire, the AK-12 is capable of firing between 600 and 1,000 rounds per minute, and it is equipped with a magazine with a capacity of 30 rounds.

The rifle is designed to offer great safety and ease of use with a fire selector located on both sides of the weapon, offering four positions under normal circumstances: safe (S), single shot (1), three-shot burst (3 ) and automatic shooting (A). Of course, in this latest model, the single shot option is no longer available but remains in the standard version.

The AK-12 also offers an excellent, effective range, which reaches up to 625 meters, thanks to a 415 mm long barrel. This range, combined with its accuracy and reliability in various environmental conditions, makes the AK-12 especially effective for a wide range of military operations. The rifle has been lightweight and technologically improved, making it more ergonomic and easier to handle in combat while retaining the legendary durability and reliability of Kalashnikov weapons.

Alan Lushnikov, president of Kalashnikov Concern, highlighted the continuous improvement of the AK-12, driven by constant feedback from military personnel. These improvements are part of Kalashnikov’s commitment to increasing the weapon’s effectiveness, helping soldiers accomplish their missions and ensuring their survival.

Alain Henry de Frahan