Kalashnikov’s latest assault rifle dubbed the AK-12 was unveiled yesterday by Izhmash, Russia’s largest firearms manufacturer. The new assault rifle is designed as a basic platform for the development of nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. The brand new AK-12 assault rifle was introduced with improved ergonomics and tactical flexibility, Russian media reported. The Russian Defense Ministry may begin tests of the new rifle at the end of 2012. The new rifle will be offered to foreign customers and Russian Police, said Izhmash yesterday. According to Izhmash designers, they “adapted the weapon to modern combat requirements, having preserved Kalashnikov's unique qualities - simplicity, reliability and relatively low production cost.” The rifle features three firing modes: single shot, three-shot burst and automatic fire. The muzzle of the AK-12 has been designed to shoot foreign-standard barrel-mounted grenades. The weapon is also equipped with Picatinny rails to mount optical, and night sights, grenade launchers, target indicators and other special equipment. The AK-12 has a folding stock, and a height-adjustable heelpiece. The weapon can be used by both left-handed and right-handed people, and can be easily handled with one hand.
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