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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 then 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 in 2017 the AK-12 was being trialed for introduction into the Russian military, competing against the A-545 with the intent of eventually phasing out the AK-74M. Finally, the AK-12 and the AK-15 mentioned below entered Russian service in 2018.

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 received its own designation, 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. Note that the "AK-200" name is now being used on a different AK series intended as an improvement over the 100-series, and that the SR-1 balanced-action sporting rifle based on the AK-107 was also named "AK-15" during its development.

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



AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the production version, unveiled in 2017 and adopted for service in 2018. It is almost identical to the 2016 version, save for a different color scheme.
Prototype AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the 2013 model, and the one most commonly found in video games. The most notable changes compared to the 2012 prototype below are the ПР-1-3-АВ selector (as opposed to П-О-З-А) and the slightly different pistol grip.
Prototype AK-12 - 5.45x39mm, 2012 model
AK-200 prototype with ACOG scope, folding iron sights, side-folding skeletonized stock, and weaponlight foregrip - 5.45x39mm


(2011 - Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle (AK-12, AK-15), Carbine (AK-12K, AK-15K). Prototypes were proposed to feature easily changeable modular parts that can configure the weapon to multiple different roles. Whether or not these alternate-role prototypes were made is unconfirmed.
  • Calibers:
    • Current versions (2016 onwards): 5.45x39mm (AK-12), 7.62x39mm M43 (AK-15)
    • Proposed alternate calibers, prototyping unconfirmed: 5.56x45mm NATO, 7.62x51mm NATO, 12 gauge (AK-12/76 shotgun)
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Length: 34.6 in (88 cm), 37 in (94 cm) (27.2 in (69 cm) with stock folded)
  • Barrel length: 16.3 in (41.5 cm)
  • Capacity:
    • AK-12: 30 and 60-round box magazines, 95-round drum magazine, AK-74 type magazines
    • AK-15: 30-round box magazine, AK-47/AK-103 type magazines
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/2-Round Burst/Full-Auto (earlier prototypes had a 3-round burst option instead of 2)

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier AK-200 With Tapco folding stock. Can be fitted with various optional accessories AK-200 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2012
Alliance of Valiant Arms AK200
With EOTech red dot sight or ACOG scope AK-200 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm. 2013 prototype also added later 2012
Combat Arms AK-12 2013 prototype. Added via "Operation: Motherland" content update 2013
Battlefield 4 AK-12 Various optional accessories 2013 prototype. 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 Various optional accessories 2013 prototype 2013
Contract Wars AK-12 Foregrip, red dot sight, 50-round extended magazine 2013 prototype 2014
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare AK12 Various optional accessories 2013 prototype 2014
Cross Fire AK-12 2012 prototype 2014
Survarium AK-12 2013 prototype, chambered in 6.5x39mm Grendel 2014
Time Crisis 5 Aimpoint red dot, laser sight, flash light, vertical foregrip and M4 type collapsible stock 2013 prototype; unusable 2015
Killing Floor 2 Kobra red dot sight and a vertical foregrip 2013 prototype 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege Wrap around the grip. Can be fitted with various optional accessories. 2013 prototype 2015
ArmA III Apex AK-12 Various optional accessories 2013 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2016
Operation 7 AK-12 2014 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Various optional accessories 2013 prototype 2017
Payday 2 "AK17" Various optional accessories 2016 model, added with the "Gage Russian Weapon Pack" DLC 2017
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 AK 12 2013 prototype; cut from the game 2017
Black Squad "AK12 GL" Kobra sight, GP-30 and AN-PEQ/15 2013 prototype 2017
Ironsight AK-12 Various optional accessories 2013 prototype 2018
World War 3 AK-15 2014 AK-12 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2018
Ring of Elysium "AK-15" 5.45x39mm AK-12, final production model; added in 2019 2018


RPK-16 - 5.45x39mm


(2016 - Present)

  • Type: Light Machine Gun
  • Caliber: 5.45x39mm
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Length:
    • With short barrel: 35.4 in (90 cm) (25.6 in (65 cm) with stock folded)
    • With long barrel: 42.5 in (108 cm) (32.7 in (83 cm) with stock folded)
  • Barrel length: 14.6 in (37 cm), 19.7 in (50 cm)
  • Capacity: 95-round drum magazine, 30 and 45-round box magazines, AK-74 type magazines
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Escape from Tarkov Added with patch 0.11 in 2018 2016

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