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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 model, save for a different color scheme; some versions of the 2016 model also had a different front sight.
Prototype AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the 2012 model, and the one most commonly found in video games. It is almost identical to the earlier version seen below, with the main differences being the ПР-1-3-АВ selector (as opposed to П-О-З-А), the left-side folding stock and the different pistol grip.
Prototype AK-12 - 5.45x39mm
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
Operation 7 AK-12 2014 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2016 update 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms AK200
With EOTech red dot sight or ACOG scope AK-200 prototype and AK-12 2012 prototype, added in patches 2007
Cross Fire AK-12 2012 prototype, added in post-release update 2007
Combat Arms AK-12 2012 prototype. Added via "Operation: Motherland" content update in 2013 2008
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
Warface AK-12 Final production model; added via update in 2019 2012
ArmA III AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2016 Apex DLC 2013
RPK-12 Mockups of 2012 prototypes, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2019 Contact DLC
Payday 2 "AK17" Various optional accessories 2016 model, added with the "Gage Russian Weapon Pack" DLC in 2017 2013
Battlefield 4 AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 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 2012 prototype 2013
Counter-Strike Online 2 2012 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2014 update 2013
Contract Wars AK-12 Foregrip, red dot sight, 50-round extended magazine 2012 prototype 2014
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare AK12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2014
Survarium AK-12 2012 prototype, 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; unusable 2015
Killing Floor 2 Kobra red dot sight and a vertical foregrip 2012 prototype 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege Wrap around pistol grip, various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Both prototype and production models 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2017
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 AK 12 2012 prototype; cut from the game 2017
Black Squad "AK12 GL" Kobra sight, GP-30, and AN-PEQ/15 2012 prototype 2017
Freeman: Guerrilla Warfare 2012 prototype 2018
Ironsight AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 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 via update 2018
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2012 prototype 2019
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts "MKA-12" 2012 prototype 2019
CrossFire X Airsoft replica of the 2015 prototype 2020


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 RPK-16 5.45x39 light machine gun 15 and 22" barrel, 5.45x39 muzzle devices, any AK pistol grip, buffer stock and AK-74 mag, Zenit RP-1 Added in v0.11.0.2448 patch (2018) 2016

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