Russian company Kalashnikov presented an updated version of the AK-12 assault rifle during the recent Army-2020 event held near Moscow. The company announced that based on the results of the use of AK-12 assault rifles by units and subdivisions of the Ministry of Defense, the weapon was modified in a way that improves its ergonomics and makes maintenance easier. The AK-12 is a Russian assault rifle chambered in 5.45Ã—39mm designed and manufactured by the Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash) and is the latest in the family of Kalashnikov rifles.
The final production model of the AK-12 is based on the AK-400 prototype and is said to be more reliable, more accurate and better suited to the latest Russian military requirements. The rifle is chambered in 5.45Ã—39mm cartridge and has a cyclic rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute (RPM), a barrel length of 415 mm (16.3 in), a maximum firing range of 800 m (870 yd), and a standard magazine capacity of 30 rounds. It is also compatible using magazines from the AK-74, RPK-74, and the 96-round drum magazine from the RPK-16.
Kalashnikov Concern also offers the rifle in 7.62Ã—39mm cartridge, designated as the AK-15. Short barrel variants of the AK-12 and AK-15 have been announced, respectively the AK-12K and AK-15K. The AK-12 completed its operational testing and passed military field tests in June 2017. Both AK-12 and AK-15 completed testing in December 2017. In January 2018 it was announced that the AK-12 and AK-15 have been adopted by the Russian military. In August 2018, the Armenian Ministry of Defence announced that they have secured the rights to manufacture the AK-12 and AK-15 in Armenia.