AK-12

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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 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.

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Specifications

(2011 - Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle (AK-12, AK-15), Light Machine Gun (RPK-16). Prototypes were proposed to feature easily changable 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, RPK-16), 7.62x39mm M43 (AK-15)
    • Prototype models: 5.45x39mm
      • Proposed alternate prototype calibers, prototyping unconfirmed: 7.62x39mm M43, 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:
    • 30 and 60-round box magazines, 95-round drum magazine, AK-74 type magazines (AK-12, RPK-16)
    • 30-round box magazine, AK-47/AK-103 type magazines (AK-15)
  • 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 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. Available in Korean version only 2012
Combat Arms AK-12 2012 prototype model. Added via "Operation: Motherland" content update 2013
Battlefield 4 AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype model. 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 2012 prototype model 2013
Contract Wars AK-12 Foregrip, red dot sight, 50-round extended magazine 2012 prototype model 2014
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare AK12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype model 2014
Survarium AK-12 2012 prototype model, chambered in 6.5x39mm Grendel 2014
Time Crisis 5 Aimpoint red dot, laser sight, flash light, vertical foregrip and M4 type collapsible stock 2012 prototype model. Unusable. 2015
Killing Floor 2 Kobra red dot sight and a vertical foregrip 2012 prototype model 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege Wrap around the grip. Can be fitted with various optional accessories. 2012 prototype model 2015
ArmA III Apex AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype model, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Various optional accessories 2012 prototype model 2017
Payday 2 "AK17" Various optional accessories 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 2012 prototype model 2017
Ironsight AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype model 2018
World War 3 AK 12 2014 prototype model, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2018


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