Kalashnikov AK-12 Set to Beat Degtyarev Kovrov AEK-971 for Russian Military Contract


The Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle has emerged as the clear favorite over the submachine gun model AEK-971 [above] in the competition to supply the Russian army with a new long gun. Deputy chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission board Oleg Bochkarev told the TASS news agency that “State trials of the Ratnik combat gear are finalised. As for these two assault rifles AK-12 and AEK-971, Kalashnikov certainly has more chances. It is easier to handle, has fewer parts, but they are close in their features.” The winner will be named by the end of the year. Or the first half of next year. Anyway, it’s definitely a key part of the Russian Army’s new five year plan . . .


  1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Now for some wood furniture for it…

  2. avatar Accur81 says:

    Well Gosh, maybe the U.S. should upgrade the M4 / M16 platform. And add some 300 BLK or 6.8 SPC for more power.

    1. avatar RedOak says:

      6.5 Grendel*

  3. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Russians really love a short sight radius. I would have thought they would have fixed that by this point.

    1. avatar Fug says:

      The AK-12 does have a longer sight radius. The weapon pictured is the AEK-971 that will probably be passed over.

      Putin with AK-12: http://i.imgur.com/W0BIDOg.jpg

      1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

        Great example. Thank you!

    2. avatar JT says:

      AK-12 fixes that.

    3. avatar Jeff says:

      Often overlooked fact: the sight radius on the M4 and typical AK is virtually identical.

      Only rifle-length or mid-length gas ARs have longer sight radius than the typical AK.

  4. avatar Jack says:

    Well no shock they pick what they did keep weapons simple easy cheap battlefield reliable. Well good old USA still dicking round m4 rifle try make more battlefield reliable at higher cost turn in mall ninja wet dream make heaver all things hang off it well playing with gas system make work better witch supporter for that gas system endlessly debates those say needs be change.

    1. avatar JoshtheViking says:


    2. avatar Broken 3ight says:

      Por favor, I no english.

    3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I don’t undercome where he’s standing from…

      1. avatar 80 D says:

        You don’t know Jack.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          I actually know a Jack Schnitt…

    4. avatar Jake Tallman says:

      Dude… Punctuation.

    5. avatar Wade says:

      That was hilarious. It was as if I was reading a telegraph message.

    6. avatar jwm says:

      Heartless Fargin Bastiches. Poor Jacks had a stroke an is thrashing around with his face on the keyboard. Somebody look up the number for 911 and call it, quick!

    7. avatar GS650G says:

      Check your meds, I think you got the dose wrong

    8. avatar DGM says:


      That was painful to read brother. Luckily my cerebral surge protector was in place.

  5. avatar Jack says:

    Russian using there own versions of Aim point type scope on there rifles these days. Iron sights are just back up these days like there are on m4.

    1. avatar int19h says:

      Russia still doesn’t have a good red dot or holographic sight in service, actually. The only solid Russian-made red dot that I know of is PK-A Venezuela, and that one is only made for export and not used internally. That’s why you see a lot of elite units running Eotechs on their AKs; e.g. here it is in Crimea, courtesy of TTAG:


      Russia does have some other optics which fill the same niche, like Obzor and Rakurs. I have a Rakurs on my AK, and it’s a great 1x scope, but it still doesn’t offer the speed of a true red dot.

  6. avatar Lance says:

    Don’t get your hopes up same was said 10 years ago for the AN-94 and it never replaced theAK-74. Think the buy is for Spetz Naz not regular infantry.

    1. avatar int19h says:

      AN-04 was an incredibly complicated design that never had any hope of becoming a standard issue infantry rifle. This case is different, because they’re specifically looking for a rifle to replace AK-74M.

  7. avatar Tom W. says:

    Methinks the days of the 5.56 NATO/M4 platform should evolve into the “other” NATO rd. 7.62. Put it on the LWRC, LMT, Barrett, Ruger, hell, even DPMS. Something with some more thump. Russians always believed in the keep it simple stupid and ease of mass production mentality. Time for the U.S. to step up.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      The ‘ol 7.62 x 35 fits into an AR mag just fine.

  8. avatar Detroiter says:

    Did I miss something? Isn’t the ak12 a 12 gauge similar in concept to the saga 12? Logistically that round, I feel would be difficult, heavy and bulky, and range limited. Maybe cheaper, and more lethal, but not sure it’s a wise move for all infantry troops….but since they could be the enemy, why not, I say go for it!

    Someone please educate me if its not a 12 gauge!

    1. avatar Senna Marpat says:

      Beat me to it, JT. Evolutionary AK to compete with modern picatinny-laden western arms. Supposedly multi caliber if it is successful. I wouldn’t mind seeing something in 9x39mm Grom on our shores (in a commercial context, obviously).

  9. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    AK-12 looks like a good design, but with Russia’s economic woes, I just think the implementation of this weapon is going to be very slow and very limited. I think the Russians ill stick to the 5.45 X 39 round to be ammunition compatible with the AK-74.

  10. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I still think the US Military should review putting the AR-10 into the small arms armory. Watching documentaries of battles in Afghanistan, it seems a round with more range and poop than the 5.56 X45 is needed for at least some of the riflemen in the squad. I still think .243 Winchester would make a good infantry rifle round, but 7.62 X 51 would work as well. Optics would be a necessity.

    1. avatar int19h says:

      The problem with .243 is that it burns barrels out fast. It’s not such a big deal for hunting, but for a combat weapon that can expect to see thousands of rounds fired through it in a relatively short period of time (especially if it has full auto…), I can see it being a problem.

      OTOH, barrel tech has not stood still. I actually wonder what the service life of a .243 barrel would be with nitriding etc.

      1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

        243 burning barrels is only for bench resters. You lose half an MOA after 2000-3000 rounds of target ammo at 800 yards. I am sure the military can find a load combination for a 100 grain pill to maintain barrel life.

  11. avatar Oxygenthief says:

    “The Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle has emerged as the clear favorite”

    Should read…

    “The Kalashnikov AK-12 BATTLE rifle has emerged as the clear favorite”

    As we all know, the term Assault Rifle is a made up term given to scary looking rifles by liberals gone full retard…

    1. avatar Scott P says:

      No, “assault weapon” is the made-up liberal term.

      Assault rifle is a legitimate term to describe an intermediate-caliber (5.45×39-8×33), select fire rifle coined by Adolf Hitler to describe the MP-44 (StG-44) that militaries worldwide have adopted.

      Battle rifle is a 7.62×51 NATO rifle that could fire full-auto (FAL, G3, M14, BM-59, Model C, Type 64, StG-540)

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