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AK-12 with Krechet-M sight - 5.45x39mm. This is the production version, entering production in the second or third quarter of 2016.
Prototype AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the 2012 prototype model, and the one most commonly found in video games.
AK-200 prototype with ACOG scope, folding iron sights, side-folding skeletonized stock, and weaponlight foregrip - 5.45x39mm

The AK-12 is the latest entry in the legendary Kalashnikov series of rifles. It was developed to replace the AK-74M and the AK-100-series of rifles that was field tested in 2011. While praised by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defense Ministry chose not to adopt the AK-12 due to millions of AK-74 rifles still in stockpile. However this changed in 2015, and as of 2017 the AK-12 is being trialed for introduction into the Russian military, competing against the A-545 with the intent of eventually phasing out the AK-74M.

Initially, the AK-12 didn't have a designation for the different calibers (unlike the previous AKs, particularly the 100-series), but in 2016 the version chambered in 7.62x39mm finally received its own designation as AK-15, while the standard AK-12 maintains the use of the 5.45x39mm cartridge. In the early prototype stages (until Jan 2012), the AK-12 was known as AK-200 and it looked more like an AK-74M/101/103 fitted with rails.



(2011 - Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle (AK-12, AK-15), Light Machine Gun (RPK-16)
  • Caliber:
    • Current versions (2016 onwards): 5.45x39mm (AK-12, RPK-16), 7.62x39mm M43 (AK-15)
    • For previously proposed prototypes only: 5.56x45mm NATO, 7.62x51mm NATO, 12 gauge (AK-12/76 shotgun)
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
  • Length: 37.2 in (94.5 cm), 28.5 in (72.5 cm) (with stock folded)
  • Barrel length: 16.3 in (41.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 30, 60-round box magazine, 95-round drum magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/2-Round Burst/Full-Auto (earlier prototypes had a 3-round burst option instead of 2)

The AK-12 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier AK-200 Prototype version in 7.62x39mm 2012
Alliance of Valiant Arms AK200 With EOTech red dot sight or ACOG scope Prototype version in 7.62x39mm, available in Korean version only 2012
Combat Arms AK-12 Added via "Operation: Motherland" content update 2013
Battlefield 4 AK-12 With various accessories Also available in carbine (AK-12U), light machine gun (RPK-12), shotgun (AK-12/76) and designated marksman rifle (SVK-12) versions 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts AK-12 With various accessories 2013
Contract Wars AK-12 2014
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare AK12 With various accessories 2014
Survarium AK-12 Uses 6.5x39mm Grendel ammunition 2014
Time Crisis 5 With Aimpoint red dot, laser sight, flash light, vertical foregrip and M4 type collapsible stock Unusable 2015
Killing Floor 2 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege Wrap around the grip (default only) 2015
ArmA III Apex "AK-12 7.62mm" 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands 2017
Payday 2 "AK17" 2016 model, added with the "Gage Russian Weapon Pack" DLC 2017
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 "AK 12" Cut from the game 2017
Black Squad AK12 GL Kobra sight, GP-30 and AN-PEQ/15 2017
Ironsight AK-12 2018
World War 3 2014 model, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2018

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