The new version of the Kalashnikov AK-12 sent to the pre-test to the Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) in November 2012. This was reported in the press release NGOs "Izhmash".
Automatic pass all the tests, including checking in frost, heat, moisture, dust, and a drop of five feet. According to the results of tests TSNIITOCHMASH will issue recommendations to finalize the AK-12. On state tests weapons go in the first half of 2013.
As previously reported, the development of a new Kalashnikov began in mid-2011 under the leadership of "Izhmash" Vladimir Zlobin. According Zlobina, automatic save a classic layout of previous episodes (including the AK-74). With this arrangement, and ergonomically AK-12 will be different for the better. Thus, due to the new muzzle brake with automatic 20 percent cut output, but because of the changed dynamics of moving parts, increased accuracy.
To install additional equipment AK-12 will Picatinny rail. Handle recycling machine can be installed on both the left and right side. In addition, the AK-12 will receive a telescopic butt. In May 2012, the new machine in an interview with "Lente.ru" the CEO said, "Izhmash" Maxim Kuzyuk.
Previously announced plans to modernize the Russian Defense Ministry were armed with AK-74 stocks which will last for the next 15-20 years. Thus, the "Izhmash" offered military department four variants of modernization machine cost from two to ten thousand per unit. The easiest option is to install Picatinny rails. In the most complex embodiment additionally receive automatic teleskopicheky butt, the ergonomic pistol grip and a shop with the ability to control the flow of visual rounds. Finally, the level of modernization of the AK-74 military department must decide by the end of 2012.