There are few names in the firearms industry as well known worldwide as Kalashnikov. Russia is looking to take the legacy of Mikhail Kalashnikov along with his blessing and utilize his namesake as a brand for the consolidation of many of their small arms manufacturing operations. It is noted the a business entity under the Kalashnikov name will start up in July, which will include the existing Izhmash, Molot, Tula Arms and ammunition component manufacturer KBAL. Essentially you will have Kalashnikov making Kalashnikovs along with other Russian guns and ammo.
Kalashnikov will cover all aspects of business for the manufactures including administrative, management, marketing, logistics, procurement, etc. The newly formed entity will receive a grand opening in September at the Izhevsk Plant. Russia has been consolidating many of their state owned entities looking for synergies and driving business under singular brands that can be better recognized abroad for improved marketing of exports.