The process of creating the latest development of the "Izhmash" trials and prospects of the AK-12 in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti said the chief designer of NPO "Izhmash" Vladimir Zlobin.
- Chief Designer of NPO "Izhmash" Vladimir Zlobin
Information about the creation of the newest Kalashnikov (AK), the fifth generation — the AK-12, which replaces the famous AK-74, in 2012, caused a great public outcry. Members of the media, Russian and foreign law enforcement agencies, community experts discuss prospects for the production of the newest machine, the ability to purchase products by the Russian army and its export potential.
The process of creating the latest development, testing, and its prospects for the AK-12 in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti said the chief designer of NPO "Izhmash" Vladimir Zlobin. Interviewed by Sergei Garifullin.
— Vladimir, as work was done to the AK-12? Who took part in it?
— Work on the machine we started in mid-2011, at the end of 2011 — we had the first prototype ready product that met the tasks that we set for ourselves. First, it was modular, and secondly, the product has been improved ergonomics, and thirdly, due to various technical solutions we have been able to increase the accuracy of automatic and single fire. We also tried to keep the best quality AK — legendary reliability, dependability and durability. When you create a prototype consulted with experts of the Ministry of Defence, the FSB, the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the Federal Security Service. The first prototype of the AK-12, we sent our experts in trial operation to eventually collect all the feedback and comments on the product.
In mid-2012, the AK-12 prototype was presented to the Interagency Working Group (IWG) at the Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation. The product has generated interest of its members, and 27 September, it was decided to put the sample in TSNIIOCHMASH to conduct preliminary tests in the framework of the ROC "Warrior."
Of course, by the time we have tried to correct the comments that have already received from representatives of law enforcement agencies, but eliminate them completely on the existing prototype was impossible. Therefore, sending the product to TSNIITOCHMASH, we already knew about many of the comments, plus the additional expected on the basis of tests.
As practice shows, it is extremely rare specimens from the first pass the test without any problems. Sometimes, after each stage of development work necessary to create a new model, taking into account all the wishes of the customer and additions.
— What are the results of the tests showed a prototype?
— These particulars are closed. I can only say in general terms that the patterning it is higher than that of previous generations of Kalashnikov assault rifles. According to the results of the tests will be developed an action plan to address the comments that we agree with the customer, and after removing the sample can be recommended to the customer for further testing, including the state.
— What kind of customer we talking about? Izhmash said that the development is now on its own initiative.
— Indeed, development began at our initiative, but now the tests are already under the ROC (development work), "Warrior", in which the customer is the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
— When the sample is ready to be released on the state tests?
— Work on the production of his full swing. As a result, we obtain a sample of a completely new design, which takes into account all the comments and possible eliminated. By optimizing the structure, the application of new materials and technical solutions and combat its operational characteristics will be significantly improved compared to previous generations of AK.
It is possible that before sending it to the state tests we will conduct additional tests in the power units to make sure that all comments are eliminated. Therefore, we hope that in the spring of 2013 the AK-12 is recommended for state tests and will be worthy of them.
I note that the AK-12 — this is the first experience of creating weapons that meets the technical requirements of all the power structures of Russia. In fact it is a product of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) for the Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation, headed by Oleg Bochkarev. In close work in the IWG was formed and all the requirements of tactical and technical characteristics, and other machine-arms. It was also formed tactical and technical requirements for the establishment of special machines on the platform of the AK-12. Running parallel to the development of their general military machine, and in the spring plan to bring them to the pre-test.
— Vladimir, the development of civilian products are planned on the basis of the AK-12?
— Indeed, on the platform of the AK-12 created a civilian weapon. Are already in pilot production samples of rifled carbine in the three most popular calibers — 5.45 x 39 mm, 7.62 mm and 5.56 x 39 x 45 mm. The interesting thing is that the shops rifle chambered for 5.56 x 45 mm in dimensions and seating will be unified with shops of foreign production, which will increase the attractiveness of the product in overseas, particularly in the United States. Also in 2013, planned work to create a shotgun 12 gauge. I hope that by the end of 2013 will be released in a series of civilian gun, as identical to the new combat the AK-12. A total of Design and Technology Center NGO "Izhmash" now being developed more than 30 products for civilian and military purposes, which will allow "Izhmash" strengthen the position on the world arms market.