Kalashnikov’s lack of copyright over the AK-47 assault rifle is so severe that Venezuela is the only country with a fully legitimate license to produce the assault rifle.
The counterfeit losses resulting from copyright infringement is so dire that Kalashnikov, manufacturer of the AK-47, is reporting an estimated loss of $50 million from 2013.
According to Rosoboronexport, black market sale and development of the AK-47 have been so widespread that over 100 million assault rifles have sold worldwide, half of them are counterfeit.
Kalashnikov has faced an uphill battle, losing an estimated $400 million to $500 million a year from counterfeit AK-47 makers, the gun-maker said.
During the cold war, the Soviet Union awarded AK-47 licenses to 18 countries including China, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, East Germany and Egypt.
Many of them continued to make the weapon illegally after their permits expired, then-Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said in 2008 in calling for a crackdown on black-market production. Other countries produced copies of the weapon without any license, he added.
Although the Soviet Army began developing it in 1949, it wasn’t until1997 that the Izhmash factory in the Ural Mountains city of Izhevsk, which makes Kalashnikovs, secured a state patent for the weapon and began pressing foreign manufacturers to respect its copyright.
Kalashnikov makers, including East European nations and China, have indicated a willingness to respect Russian copyright but have said that the deals should be negotiated on a government level.
However it’s unclear when the laws will come into effect or how long it might take to negotiate a deal with China.
Known of being sturdy and dependable, the AK-47 can fire 600 bullets a minute and is so easy to handle that Soviet schoolchildren were taught to assemble it with their eyes closed.
Next-generation military assault rifles will not only be sleeker and faster but will pack in a heavier punch. These firearms will be developed not only for military snipers and sharpshooters but for the average soldier with need for greater capabilities
Russian Army to receive various modified Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifles with other small arms in 2014, according to RIA Novosti. Development of the AK-12 began in mid-2011 under a basic platform for nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon
The Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), maker of the world renowned Uzi sub-machine guns, will introduce its new family of grenade launchers, the IWI GL40, compatible with all types of assault rifles at Eurosatory 2012. Developed using lightweight materials, the GL40 is easy to assemble and operate, and offers a stand-alone option that enables firing separately from the weapon
India’s future networked soldier will be equipped with the ability to find targets in the dark, thanks to the defense research and development organization (DRDO) developing a night vision integrated 5.56 mm rifle
For a country facing insurgency and militancy, its defence and security forces place orders for only 90,000 5.56mm assault rifles out of a total of 164,000 small and personnel arms a year
The defence ministry signed a contract with the Canadian firm Colt to rebuild Dutch assault rifles. "From end-2009, all Diemacos will among other things have a rapid focus device, a front grip with bipod and an adjustable butt
The first American made Kalashnikov AK-47s are being sold by the former sole official importer of the Russian rifles in US, Russian Weapons Company (RWC). The Pennsylvania based Gun Company (now Kalashnikov USA) made an announcement Tuesday that it has started selling the first American-made Kalashnikov AK-47s, UPI reported
Kalashnikov Concern has unveiled a prototype of Lebedev designed 9mm multi-purpose pistol (PL-14) at Army-2015, military-technical forum in Kubinka Wednesday. The concept of the pistol was developed jointly by the experts of the Russian Special Forces and IPSC competitive shooters
Russian Kalashnikov Concern claims that new upgraded version of its AK-74 assault rifle allows 1.5 times combat effectiveness at a distance of up to 300 meters in different climatic conditions than the earlier version
Kalashnikov is eyeing to produce unmanned aerial vehicles in a joint venture with ZALA Aero, the companys CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said at the International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Kalashnikov has decided to purchase 52 per cent stake in ZALA, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft
The importer of Russian Kalashnikov rifles in US, RWC, has claimed to start manufacturing the AK-47 guns in the USA, CNN Money reported yesterday. The importing of the AK-47 gun in US was stopped after it imposed sanctions in July against Russia
Indias Ishapore rifle factory has successfully designed an assault rifle based on the Russian AK-47. According to reports, the prototype of this weapon had successfully cleared field trials by the Army, the Indian Air Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal
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