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The Kalashnikov AK-12 is a Russian 5.45×39mm assault rifle, designed and manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash). It is the newest derivative of the Russian AK-Pattern series of assault rifles and was proposed for possible general issue to the Russian Army. The rifle is intended to eventually replace previous generations of Kalashnikov 5.45×39mm assault rifles in service with the Russian military and other governmental forces. The rifle has two main variants, the AK-12 chambered in 5.45×39mm cartridge and the AK-15 chambered in 7.62×39mm cartridge.
The AK-12 project began in 2011 by the IZHMASH factory which has now became part of the Kalashnikov Concern as a private venture, in an attempt to participate in the “Ratnik” trials which were held by the Russian Army. It was further developed by Kalashnikov Concern, and throughout its development and evaluation stage it has received multiple modifications to meet the Russian military's standard and to address the Russian Army’s concerns regarding the cost and issues in fully automatic fire of the earlier prototype models. It went through several revisions in order to improve upon the "range of defects" that were discovered on the earlier prototype models, which are derived from the AK-200 (Base Prototype). Though the prototype models that were based on the AK-200 were later abandoned in favor for the well proven and improved AK-400 (Base Prototype), which are now what the final production models of the AK-12 and AK-15 are based on.

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