The defense Ministry has adopted the newest AK-12 and AK-15, and AEK-971 and AEK-973. They will join the combat equipment “Ratnik” will be the main weapon of the Russian army in the 21st century. The controversy about how machine guns to equip the army, was conducted in 2012. In the end, the Ministry of defense adopted a “Solomonic” decision. Products of the Izhevsk manufacturers AK — go to the army, and the products gunsmiths of Kovrov AEK — will equip special forces of the defense Ministry.
The defense Ministry finally put an end to the debate, what machine should appear on the Russian army. In 2012, the military court was presented with several weapons, and eventually to the “final” came out two machine gun – AK-12 and AEK 971. During state testing , and then an experienced military trials, including in Syria, both have proven themselves on the positive side.
In the end, it was decided to adopt the machines of both manufacturers, – reports the newspaper “Red Star”.
As told “MK» editor-in-chief of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski when decision-making was observed politesse, both machine worthy of each other, therefore, adopted them and took. Speaking about the need to move to a new model, the expert noted that modernization of weapons is always useful when it increase the combat effectiveness, because this is what she aimed at. “Previous models, for example, the AK-74, despite its reliability and simplicity, had a number of shortcomings, including ergonomic and operational. It is not possible to fully integrate this weapon in the latest set of a soldier “Ratnik”, now this is no problem. Of course, the new machines have become easier, they have a modular design”. – said murakhovski.
According to him, the two machines are different niches. “If we talk about the Kalashnikov , the weapon in the first place. for mass re-equipment of the infantry, where not all positions were occupied by professionals, and AEK is the machine for special operations forces, airborne forces, reconnaissance units, for those units that are largely staffed by contractors”.
According to Murakhovsky, if you look at the actual characteristics of new weapons, some radical differences from its predecessors not, as the accuracy of fire, and overall firing efficiency. “Both machine made by modern technology, although the scheme of automation is different. However, they use the same ammunition as the ammunition it largely determines the effectiveness of weapons”. – said the expert.
Speaking about the prospects of re-new machines, murakhovski noted that some radical upgrade parts and connections on the new machines is not going to happen. “Will not, as in the Soviet Union, where for the next five years to rearm the army AK-74. Going scheduled replacement, which could take 10 years, maybe more. Let’s not forget that the AK-74, too, will remain in service. We know that the defense Ministry has already signed a contract for the modernization of these machines.»
The most important outcome of the expert believes that the company has received large orders, and the defense Ministry received new samples of small arms. And all was happy. “Any significant impact on improving the efficiency of the Armed forces in General, this re will not have. Small arms today makes a minimal contribution to fire damage to the enemy.” summed up murakhovski.
The Director of the Center for analysis of strategies and technologies Ruslan Pukhov told MK that the new AK despite his conversion, remains simple and understandable for Russian soldier. It is therefore not surprising that he go EN masse to the troops. “As for the products of the Kovrov plant, it. Of course, difficult to operate and “locked up” under a special unit. In addition, the plant is not in full-scale production. This including. affects the final price of the machine, which is higher. than AK-12″. – said Pukhov.
Regarding the timing of re, the expert believes that the main parts will be re-armed within 10 years.
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