The official statement of Izhmash

JSC Izhmash
Information for the media
September 27, 2011


In response to statements by some media about the discontinuation of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, due to the refusal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation from the purchase of these weapons, JSC "Izhmash" states the following:

"Izhmash" is the only developer and manufacturer of MT Kalashnikov automatic weapons, and manufactured at its basis a wide range of civilian weapons. The Kalashnikov rifle is now the most popular, acclaimed the most reliable small arms in the world.

The plant currently produces the AK series of "100" as the "fourth generation" of the "Kalashnikov", commissioned by law enforcement agencies and special forces of the Russian Federation, carries major contracts in military-technical cooperation. Formed an extensive portfolio in the field of civil hunting and sporting weapons.

"Izhmash" constantly upgrading and updating of the characteristics of produced weapons. Currently, the Ministry of Defence formulated new performance requirements for models of small arms, the army needed in the modern world. The company’s management before the Design Center gun task before the end of 2011 initiative to develop prototypes of products under these requirements and in accordance with international best practice. In the new "fifth generation" should be substantially improved performance characteristics and ergonomics, reliability AK saved. In 2012, to prepare them to participate in state tests. According to their results, "Izhmash" expects to receive a positive opinion and return to the supply of the Russian army infantry weapons of its production.

AK-74, which became a modification of the AK family was put into service in 1974, and was produced for the army until 1991.

In 1991 he was accepted into service modification AK-74M, surpassing the previous in their tactical and technical performance. In the same year, she was put into production. Currently it is the basic pattern of small arms in the Russian army.

As the work on the improvement of the Kalashnikov weapons system to the "Izhmash" was developed and put into service in 2001, the "hundredth" series Kalashnikovs. At present, these samples produced "Izhmash" for law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation, and also major in the supply line for MTC.

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