Concern "Kalashnikov", belongs to the State Corporation Rosteh, celebrates the 65th anniversary of the adopted Kalashnikov design (which became internationally known as the AK-47). Today Concern "Kalashnikov" machine releases the fourth generation - AK "series cell."
June 18, 1949, Order of the USSR Council of Ministers № 2611-1033 7,62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle model of 1947 was adopted by the Soviet Army. Mass production of AK was established at the Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant, simplicity and reliability have always been the distinguishing characteristics of a Kalashnikov. Since the beginning, work on the first prototype firearms was conducted taking into account the most severe tests. In the 60s when the factory was established, the control and test station where weapons had been tested was brought to a new technological level. Firearms are tested in special chambers with radical temperature conditions from +50 to -50 degrees, covered with a layer of fine dust is discharged from a height of five feet and then continue to shoot.
For 65 years, more than 100 million Kalashnikovs with various modifications have been produced. They are in service with 50 foreign armies. The AK had been utilized on coat of arms and flags of several countries, and its impact on modern culture is difficult to overestimate. Currently Concern "Kalashnikov" produces 10 modifications, among them the AK-107, which used a system of balanced automation, allowing the reduction of recoil and increase in accuracy. It should be noted that these models were developed with the direct participation of Mikhail Kalashnikov. "When developing the AK, Mikhail Kalashnikov regularly consulted with military experts and soldiers to tailored the firearms to their needs and wishes. This allowed him to create a reliable, simple, and effective weapon, ready to use in all conditions. Currently, Concern "Kalashnikov" is also actively working on cooperation with relevant agencies, special forces, and military advisors. This allows us to take into account the actual needs of the military during the design stage of new weapons and create the exact weapons that will be in demand on the market."- said General Director of Concern Kalashnikov, Alexei Krivoruchko.
Currently Concern "Kalashnikov" is working on creation of the fifth generation Russian military and civil automatic weapons. While maintaining the mass production of the previous generations of automatic, smooth bore, rifled hunting, sporting rifles, and carbines, high unification of parts, manufacturing technology and control methods provides the company an opportunity to take a variety of orders, including the application of special units of power structures.
Concern "Kalashnikov" (formerly NPO "Izhmash") is Russia's largest producer of automatic and sniper combat arms, guided artillery shells, as well as a wide spectrum of civilian products - shotguns, sporting rifles, machines and tools. The company was founded in 1807. Included in the State Corporation Rostec. "Kalashnikov" united large state enterprises Infantry branch of Russia (NGOs "Izhmash" JSC and "IMZ"). In the future, the concern will Vyatskie Polyansky Machine Works "MOLOT", KBAL behalf Koshkin and THREAD "Progress". Products are exported to 27 countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan and Thailand.
State Corporation "Russian Technologies" (Rostec) - Russian corporation, established in 2007 to promote the development, production and export of high-tech products civil and military purposes. It includes 663 organizations, of which 8 are currently formed holding companies in the defense industry, and 5 - in civil industries. Rosteh organizations are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation and deliver products to market more than 70 countries. Rostec revenue in 2012 amounted to 931 billion rubles, net profit - 38.5 billion rubles.