ArmInfo. "Kalashnikov" Concern has begun deliveries of AK-12 assault rifles to neighboring countries, said the general director of the concern Dmitry Tarasov, quoted by RIA Novosti.
He did not specify the countries he was talking about. Meanwhile, according to the source, the former head of the concern, Vladimir Dmitriev, previously reported that the first country to purchase the AK-12 would be Armenia.
AK-12 is a new platform on the basis of which it is planned to produce military and civilian weapons of various calibers. AK-12 was adopted by the Russian army at the end of 2018.
Earlier, ArmInfo reported on the organization in Armenia of an enterprise for the assembly of AK- 103 assault rifles. The RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the plant ®n July 7.
The Prime Minister was presented with third-generation optical sights and domestically produced thermal imaging cameras, which, after appropriate tests, will be transferred to the arsenal of the Armenian army within a year.
The head of the enterprise, Igor Gordienko, presented to the prime minister a model of the industrial zone of the scientific and production association "Neutron", located in the city of Abovyan, Kotayk region of the Republic of Armenia. As he said, the zone consists of four blocks: cartridge production on an area of about 14 thousand square meters with production volumes of up to 150 million cartridges per year; production of overhaul of automotive equipment with equity participation of Remdizel JSC and the KAMAZ concern with a volume of about 120 units per year; production for the repair of armored vehicles also with the participation of the joint-stock company "Remdizel" and the concern KAMAZ with a volume of 100 units per year.
According to the head of the enterprise, at the second and third stages, it is planned to assemble weapons with a volume of 50 thousand pieces per year. The representative of the plant said that all equipment for the plant has already been ordered and is at the production stage, and is being purchased from enterprises with which the company works on an ongoing basis. It was also reported that it is planned to open at least 1,200 jobs at the plant, and this only at the first stage, and with the involvement of narrow specialists, and the management staff will be staffed with officers with extensive experience in the field of production and technology. According to him, two buildings of "Neutron" are at the completion stage, issues related to the territories are being resolved and by the end of the year, all work will be completed.
Then the prime minister was told about the mechanical components of the Osa-AKM air defense missile system, the preparation of training models for organizing training of military personnel on them. Then, Pashinyan got acquainted with the assembled AK-103.
The contract for the supply of components for the organization of the phased assembly of AK-103 assault rifles in Armenia was concluded on the basis of the corresponding decision of the Federal State Tax Service of Russia on May 15, 2020. According to the plan, the production of Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles in Armenia started in the first decade of this year, the production license is calculated for 10 years. -l-