US intends to produce Soviet weapons, including the legendary AK assault rifles

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WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States intends to establish the production of Russian weapons and ammunition, developed back in the days of the Soviet Union, learned citing Michael Peck and his article in Forbes magazine.

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Peck explained that the United States showed interest in this weapon because it could be used by its allies in the Middle East and Africa. For decades, it was Soviet weapons that fought in these territories, so moving to a new, more modern one presents certain difficulties.

For this reason, Washington wants to establish the production of Soviet weapons, which it wants to supply abroad.

The Army’s wish list is a staggering variety, as Michael Peck expressively puts it. It hit anti-tank guided missiles, and ground and air-based missiles, and ammunition for howitzers and mortars of various calibers, but in the first place are the legendary Kalashnikov assault rifles.

The observer writes that the most durable legacy of the Soviet Union is, without a doubt, the colossal amount of various weapons that he supplied to his allies – third world countries.

The United States decided to organize production on its territory for several reasons. First, Soviet weapons are sold on the market, but buying them is not easy.

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Second – some countries in Europe prohibit its transit through its territory. Third, some suppliers of such weapons are politically unseemly for the United States.

US experts praise the new Russian Kalashnikov machine gun

The modernized Russian machine gun RPK-16 was praised by experts from the United States and called it the perfect murder weapon, as we reported on July 12.

The Russian Defense Ministry decided to create the latest weapons, since the Soviet RPK-74 has significant shortcomings. The main advantage of RPK-16 is the presence of an additional bracket, which serves to switch the shooting mode.

They can be changed even with the index finger. In addition, RPK-16 was equipped with a telescopic butt, which allows the shooter to optimize the machine gun for himself.

Also, the lack of RPK-74 was fixed, before it was impossible to quickly replace the barrel. The manufacturer prepared an assault barrel with a length of 410 mm for firing in urban conditions, and for the military, the barrel length is 550 mm.

The machine gun has already successfully completed the tests and is now preparing for deliveries to the troops of the Russian Federation.

Russia is already producing a copy of AR-15

Experts from Promtekhnologii, the manufacturer of ORSIS rifles, have developed a smooth-bore analogue of the American AR-15 assault rifle, as we reported of July 8.

As you know, this rifle is a member of the same family as the M16, an 5.56-mm automatic rifle adopted by the US Army in 1960- x The semi-automatic AR-15 is designed for the civilian market and the police.

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“Previously, we have already created rifles of the AR-15 type under the NATO 5.56 cartridge for 45 millimeters and for the Soviet machine gun 7.62 for 39 millimeters. Now our designers adapted the well-known platform for a very interesting Russian smooth-bore cartridge .366 TKM,” ORSIS said.

The .366 TKM hunting cartridge (9.5 by 38 millimeters) was developed by Tekhkrim specialists: it is designed for smooth-bore weapons having a partially rifled barrel or barrel with a threaded nozzle. According to Russian law, such a product is a cartridge for smoothbore weapons.

For the new weapons complex, ORSIS applied the so-called Lancaster drill – a type of oval-screw drill of the barrel bore for smooth-bore weapons, in which it has only two wide rifling. Their edges gradually turn into fields: due to this, the trunk channel seems not round, but oval.

As stated in ORSIS, tests of the new weapons showed accuracy comparable to the accuracy of a rifled 7.62-mm rifle. It is important to say that for the acquisition of a new complex it will not be necessary to have a five-year experience in possession of smoothbore weapons, which sharply increases the commercial potential of the product.

Today at the Moscow plant Promtekhnologii produce rifles under the notorious brand ORSIS. One of the most famous weapons systems of this brand is the T-5000 sniper rifle, which has a longitudinally sliding bolt. In 2017, as part of the Precision sniper complex, it was adopted by a number of law enforcement agencies, including the FSB, FSO and the Russian Guard.

Recall that in 2018 it became known about the adoption of the Kalashnikov AK-12 and Ak-15 Kalashnikov assault rifles and AEK-971 and AEK-973 assault rifles.

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And last year, there was information that the Pentagon could choose the promising RM277 rifle, which uses 6.8-mm high-power cartridges, as the small arms of the future.

More about AK-47 assault rifle

7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle (AK) – an assault rifle adopted by the USSR in 1949; GRAU index – 56-A-212. It was designed in 1947 by M.T. Kalashnikov.

AK and its modifications are the most common small arms. To this type (including licensed and unlicensed copies, as well as third-party developments based on the AK), up to 1/5 of all available small-arms automatic weapons in the world belong.

Over 60 years, more than 70 million Kalashnikov assault rifles of various modifications have been produced. They are in service with 50 foreign armies.

On the basis of the 7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle, a family of military and civilian small arms of various calibers was created, including AKM and AK74 assault rifles and their modifications, Kalashnikov light machine guns, Saiga carbines and smoothbore guns, and others, including those abroad.

The total number of all varieties of the Kalashnikov assault rifle in storage and armament of the RF Armed Forces in 2013 amounted to 17,000,000 units.

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Kalashnikov plans to begin mass production of the NATO-standard assault rifle AK-308

Last year, in an interview with the Russian newspapers Sputnik and the Kommersant, Kalashnikov interim General Director Vladimir Dmitriev revealed that mass production of the AK-308 assault rifle with NATO-standard ammunition should start in any moment.

According to his statement, the AK-308 has already completed the factory tests and now is about to undergo the preliminary ones, if they are successful, the manufacturer will be able to begin the mass production of the combat weapon.

The development of the AK-308 assault rifle is based on the AK-103 chambered for 7.62×51 mm rounds, which are NATO member countries’ standard rifle and machine-gun ammunition. The Kalashnikov Concern states that components and elements of the automatic rifle AK-12 are also involved.

Kalashnikov’s AK-308 assault rifle is reported to be certainly interesting as a combat weapon for its extremely rare caliber. The weapon’s manufacturer also expects it to have demand domestically as a civilian weapon, because this is one of the main calibres for hunting rifles.

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