The press secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia has announced a contract between Kalashnikov Concern and Royalsys Engineering Ltd. This is big news and means AK-12 and AK-15 rifles will soon be produced in Armenia.
The contract was signed in Russia at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2018. The deal was inked by Davit Galstyan, CEO of Royalsys Engineering Ltd. and Andrey Barishnikov, Deputy CEO of Kalashnikov Concern. Armenia’s Minister of Defense, Davit Tonoyan was also in attendance at the event and signing.
According to The Firearm Blog’s HRACHYA H:
So far, there is no information concerning the details of the contract. It is unclear whether the plant will be merely an assembly line or a full-scale production facility. It is also unknown if the new plant will produce the aforementioned rifles for the Armenian Armed Forces only or whether it will also be an outsourcing platform for the Kalashnikov Concern.
AK-12 and AK-15 rifles are the latest models in the world-famous AK family of rifles. The two models are basically identical with the exception of being chambered in different calibers. The AK-12 rifle is chambered in 5.45x39mm whereas the AK-15 is a 7.62x39mm rifle. Currently, Armenian Armed Forces use both of the mentioned cartridges. These rifles also have many other design improvements over the previous Kalashnikov rifle models such as the ergonomic grip, free-floated barrel, collapsible and folding stock, Picatinny rails on the top cover with a new and more rigid top cover fixation mechanism, new muzzle device etc. Both the AK-12 and AK-15 rifles have successfully passed extensive military testing and have been recently adopted by the Armed Forces of Russian Federation.
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