Concern Kalashnikov Touts AK-12 as Preferred Contender for Russia's "Warrior" Small Arms Lead
The Russian Defense Ministry completed state tests and will make their choice between the Concern Kalashnikov AK-12 and the AEK-971 from the Dehtiarivska Plant. Deputy Chairman of the board for the Military-Industrial Commission Oleg Bochkarev noted that the AK-12 and AEK-971 offer similar technology but the Kalashnikov model performed better on several indicators. He states, "It is important that the weapon is simple, cheaper in price, and more suited for mass production. If you compare these characteristics, they will be very important to make a decision that will go in the series. The AK-12 is preferred, but the decision is for the military. "
Bochkarev also noted that the machine gun, which will be the major small arms component for their project "Warrior" and will be available in two calibers - 5.45 and 7.62mm. "This is a classic - said Bochkarev. - Different tasks, so we do not deviate from this plan. "
"Warrior" - the Russian military-industrial complex "soldier of the future"combines modern small arms, effective protection equipment, reconnaissance, and communications with about ten different subsystems. In addition to the combat functionality, it is designed to ensure effective protection of the soldier from various damaging factors on the battlefield. The set of "Warrior" includes about 50 different items, including small arms, aiming system, protection, electronic means of communication, navigation and targeting.
The armed forces of the Russian Federation, will start utilizing the "Warrior" systems at the end of this year and fully implement the program over the next three years.