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Servicemen of the Baltic Fleet Marine Corps have been rearmed with new AK-12 assault rifles from the Kalashnikov concern.

The airborne assault and reconnaissance units of the Marine Corps were re-equipped with the latest machine guns. The batch of AK-12 was received by the Marines as part of the fleet rearmament program. The new small arms replaced the previously used AK-74M assault rifles.

At present, the servicemen of the Marine Corps have begun sighting and bringing weapons to normal combat at the Khmelevka training ground.

The AK-12 of 5.45 mm caliber is a new level assault rifle. Compared to previous versions of the AK-74M and AKM assault rifles, it has increased accuracy and accuracy of fire from any position. In addition, the ergonomics of the machine has significantly improved. AK-12 has several Picatinny rails for installing additional equipment: sights, front grip, flashlight, laser designator. The store now has a transparent insert for controlling the ammunition, and in the pistol grip there is a case where you can store batteries for a sight or medicines. A grenade launcher can be installed under the barrel. Also, the manufacturer increased the barrel survivability, for the production of which they began to use a new technology.

AK-12 is positioned as a new platform, on the basis of which it is planned to produce weapons of various calibers and various purposes – both military and civil.

The assault rifle was developed as part of the Ratnik program, as an element of a promising complex for equipping servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces, and was put into service at the end of 2018.

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