At the Army-2016 forum, the Kalashnikov Concern's exposition was one of the most representative. Among the new products that will soon enter service are the AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles that are in "running-in".
They differ from each other in the first place in caliber - respectively 5, 45 and 7, 62 mm, and from their predecessors - both in external design and construction.
Only the automation scheme has remained practically unchanged. But serious changes were made to the design of the gas tube, receiver and gas outlet. All this had a positive effect on the accuracy of fire.
The increased capabilities of machine guns can be judged by the fire mode switch fuse. Now there are 4 positions. In addition to automatic and single shooting, the shooter will be able to fire 2 shots each, and a special stop under the index finger allows switching without taking his hand off the handle.
Both assault rifles have Picatinny rails for various sights on the removable receiver cover. Another bar is located on the forend.
The place of obsolete old wooden butts was taken by plastic butts adjustable in length. Additionally, the new AK can be equipped with a bayonet-knife, a quick-detachable silencer and a 40-mm grenade launcher.