Izmash's AK-12 assault rifle likely to be selected for future Ratnik infantry combat system

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Izmash's AK-12 assault rifle likely to be selected for future Ratnik infantry combat system
The combat gear of Russia's "soldier of future” “Ratnik” will receive the AK-12 assault rifle, produced by Izmash, part of Kalashnikov Group. It was ahead of his rival – AEK-971 produced by the Degtyarev plant, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Saturday, January 24. “It is clear – this is the rifle of “Izhmash”. It won by the parity “price-quality,” Borisov said in the program “General Staff” on radio RSN.
     
Izmash AK 12 assault rifle likely to be selected for future Ratnik infantry combat system 640 001 Izmash's AK-12 assault rifle, showcased during Eurosatory 2014 in Paris
     
Ratnik is the future Russian infantry combat system. It is designed to improve the connectivity and combat effectiveness of the Russian army. The scope of “Ratnik” includes about 50 different items, including small arms, aiming system, navigation and targeting, modernized body armor, helmet with special monitor (eye monitor, thermal, night vision monocular, flashlight), systems of communication and special headphones.

Unveiled in 2012, the new AK-12 assault rifle is designed as a basic platform for the development of nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. The AK-12 could be adapted for cartridges varying from 5.45x39 mm to 7.62x51 mm NATO.

The AK-12 assault rifle is fitted with Picatinny rails at the top of the weapon and additional accessory rails on both sides to mount optical, and night sights, grenade launchers, target indicators, and other special equipment. It has a 30-rounds magazine, and a rate of fire of 600-1,000 rounds/min.

     

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