Izhmash has officially unveiled a new AK-12

It just so happened that the general public, including foreign, first learned about the Kalashnikov assault rifle only a few years after its creation and adopting. However, this did not prevent the AK to become perhaps the most widespread and popular weapon in the world. But another "descendant" of the legendary machine became famous not only before the start of series production, but even before the appearance of the prototype. Will the new AK-12 match with his "grandfather" in combat and quantified? It’s too early to say. And what about the notoriety of the project and the controversy surrounding it is already possible to draw conclusions — most likely public reaction caused by the fact that the "Izhmash" tried to the best of their ability to publish data on the operation. In addition, the public interest has been driven up by last year’s scandalous news of the termination of military procurement AK-74M. And then, just the other day there was another news "in the life of an AK-12." It became known that the new machine is not located on the first week of production test — is now in full swing test shooting in difficult climatic conditions. Check the reliability of weapons design when working in heavy rain, in heavy dust, high or low temperatures, etc. This means that if you do not show up any major defects requiring major modifications, by the end of this year, the AK-12 will go to the state certification. After this trial batch will be sent to the Ministry of Defense and the Interior Ministry special forces, after which the agency will make its findings for bulk purchases of new weapons and replace it the old. But such terms are only able to observe in the absence of problems with the design, and absolute confidence in it yet. The fact that the AK-12, as opposed to the previous model, "Kalashnikov" has in its structure a dozen major changes and innovations. Previously, when a new machine treated fewer of them, and even then, most of the improvements accounted for the technological aspects of production. As a consequence, the AK-12 is more prone to various "childhood diseases" that are common to all new types of equipment and weapons.

However, the representatives of the "Izhmash" do not talk about the problems come to light on the tests and improvements, if any were made. They are, as it is found in the arms circles, dispense with platitudes like, "are tested, the end of their scheduled then and then that, and the machine has such and such an advantage over direct competitors." As a competitor (you can tell, this is a long-standing tradition) is an American M16 automatic rifle later modifications. Comparisons with other foreign machines such as the FN SCAR (HAMR), Heckler Koch G36, SIG SG550 or Beretta ARX-160, for some reason is not done. The reasons for this silence is anyone’s guess. The most plausible and likely explanation for the prevalence of guns can be considered a family of M16 — in number they are superior to all of the above types. Perhaps there is logic in comparing the AK-12, planned to be a truly large-scale production and the M16, more than eight million copies of which have already spread among the military units and warehouses of multiple countries.

It just so happened that the general public, including foreign, first learned about the Kalashnikov assault rifle only a few years after its creation and adopting. However, this did not prevent the AK to become perhaps the most widespread and popular weapon in the world. But another "descendant" of the legendary machine became famous not only before the start of series production, but even before the appearance of the prototype. Will the new AK-12 match with his "grandfather" in combat and quantified? It’s too early to say. And what about the notoriety of the project and the controversy surrounding it is already possible to draw conclusions — most likely public reaction caused by the fact that the "Izhmash" tried to the best of their ability to publish data on the operation. In addition, the public interest has been driven up by last year’s scandalous news of the termination of military procurement AK-74M. And then, just the other day there was another news "in the life of an AK-12." It became known that the new machine is not located on the first week of production test — is now in full swing test shooting in difficult climatic conditions. Check the reliability of weapons design when working in heavy rain, in heavy dust, high or low temperatures, etc. This means that if you do not show up any major defects requiring major modifications, by the end of this year, the AK-12 will go to the state certification. After this trial batch will be sent to the Ministry of Defense and the Interior Ministry special forces, after which the agency will make its findings for bulk purchases of new weapons and replace it the old. But such terms are only able to observe in the absence of problems with the design, and absolute confidence in it yet. The fact that the AK-12, as opposed to the previous model, "Kalashnikov" has in its structure a dozen major changes and innovations. Previously, when a new machine treated fewer of them, and even then, most of the improvements accounted for the technological aspects of production. As a consequence, the AK-12 is more prone to various "childhood diseases" that are common to all new types of equipment and weapons.

However, the representatives of the "Izhmash" do not talk about the problems come to light on the tests and improvements, if any were made. They are, as it is found in the arms circles, dispense with platitudes like, "are tested, the end of their scheduled then and then that, and the machine has such and such an advantage over direct competitors." As a competitor (you can tell, this is a long-standing tradition) is an American M16 automatic rifle later modifications. Comparisons with other foreign machines such as the FN SCAR (HAMR), Heckler Koch G36, SIG SG550 or Beretta ARX-160, for some reason is not done. The reasons for this silence is anyone’s guess. The most plausible and likely explanation for the prevalence of guns can be considered a family of M16 — in number they are superior to all of the above types. Perhaps there is logic in comparing the AK-12, planned to be a truly large-scale production and the M16, more than eight million copies of which have already spread among the military units and warehouses of multiple countries.

While the AK-12 is not yet finished the test, consider how it differs from the previous "Kalashnikovs". A large part of the design changes and is visible without dismantling the machine. Thus, the receiver cover is now longer and harder. Furthermore, the front part is attached to the hinge, thereby improving the overall rigidity. Also on the cover is mounted Picatinny rail on which you can install additional sighting equipment. The new lid design receiver provides great stability of a sight mounted on the plate, compared with the old. Another innovation concerns the bolt handle. On the AK-12 is attached to the gas piston rod, which allowed to remove the gap between the lid and the receiver box — on the idea of designers, no gap significantly impedes the ingress of dirt machine. Also, the bolt handle can be mounted on both sides of the machine by hand is optional. The absence of cracks on the old "Kalashnikovs" Cover your translator fire, allowed to change the design of the latter. Now its flag displayed on both sides of the receiver and is located above the pistol grip, allowing you to move his thumb. My fire is still at the same time acts as a fuse, but now has four positions instead of three: safety, single shooting, shooting with a cutoff of three shots and bursts of fire. Progress interpreter relatively small, which may cause some difficulties for hand accustomed to the "classical" checkbox AK, as long as he gets used to the new design. AK-12 is the first machine of the family, which has a slide catch, so now reload weapons will take much less time. Also, it should be noted, the new translator fuse and slide catch will if necessary to replace a shop and other operations to continue firing with one hand. Even before the demonstration prototype of the AK-12 designers in interviews repeatedly called him a "one-armed" and focused on improving the ergonomics of the new machine.

The rest of the changes or not, or they are minor and have the technology and the "cosmetic" in nature. Gas engine with a long stroke and barrel locking rotating bolt are the same as before. Minor changes undergone a barrel. First, change the pace and shape of its grooves, and secondly, the increased length and adjusted the design muzzle brake-compensator. Modernization of the compensator can be used with an AK-12 rifle grenades NATO standards. Significantly improved the "kit" gun. The butt is still folded sideways to the left, but changed its design — or instead of a monolithic frame construction it is made adjustable in length and has a telescopic design. In its new form resembles a rifle butt butt FN SCAR, which already passed the test repeatedly practice. Handguard AK-12 can be produced in two versions. One involves placing Picatinny rail on the underside of the forearm, the other — the standard for securing domestic grenade launchers GP-25 and GP-30 and GP-34. Feed system for the new machine can be used all the available stores of weapons AK lines and the PKK, calculated under the appropriate holder. Also have been created and tested new four-shops, which at the same length and width as that of the existing ones, contain twice as much ammunition — 60 rounds. However, the fate of these stores still looks not very clear, because the military may have their own ideas on the subject of weights attached to the weapon shop.

Recently it was reported that the Ministry of Defence this year has no plans to purchase any product of "Izhmash". From this we can conclude that the mass production of AK-12 will not start in 2012. On the other hand, even by December of this year, we can expect, at most, the start of production test batch for trial operation in special units. But his plans for the 2013 Ministry of Defence has not yet published any. Perhaps the first production of AK-12 will go to the troops like next year. And the export prospects of the new machine I
zhevsk look decent. AK family of weapons is not the first decade are popular among the military all over the world, and on the new machine includes several innovations designed to bring it closer to the look of the modern requirements to weapons grade assault rifle.

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