MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The first batches of the latest Russian AK-12 assault rifles, 5.45 mm caliber, were handed over by the Ministry of Defence and entered service with the Russian Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantnye Voyska – VDV), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to a source from the military-industrial complex in Russia quoted by TASS, the subdivisions of the Airborne Troops will be the first to receive the newest AK-12, which will replace the current weaponry AKS-74 and AK-74M.
In the words of the agency’s interlocutor, this measure is related to the need for troops to gain maximum experience with the assault rifle and to determine the tactical scenarios for its use. “From this point of view, giving the AK-12 first to the VDV servicemen is a logical move. The gathered experience will be widely applied to the supplies of other military forces and types of troops with the AK-12”, the source added.
He noted that the military troops would use the AK-12 with a set of additional equipment, including Russian-made laser targeting and G-30 grenade launchers.
Earlier, it was reported that the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation had entered into a contract with the Kalashnikov concern for the delivery of 150,000 assault rifles, 50,000 per year for three years, of the AK-12 and AK-15 models for the army, the first of them had to be ready in December 2018.
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Translator editor: Monika Evgenieva
Source: Focus Agency