Just two years after Russian defense contractor Zala Aero first unveiled REX-1 anti-drone system back in 2017, the Kalashnikov Concern subsidiary is back with an girthy update to its slick electronic rifle.
The Russian military plans on replacing its standard issue AK-74M rifle with the AK-12 and AK-15 developed by legendary Kalashnikov Concern, according to Military Times, citing Russian state-owned media.
In the decades since its ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle became a staple of fighting forces across the world, legendary Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern has applied its engineering ingenuity to unusual military-grade technology, from unmanned tanks to autonomous gun systems to a clothing line. But now, Kalashnikov Concern is taking aim at the gadget we were promised as in the futuristic cities of tomorrow: the flying car.
While Kalashnikov is best known for its ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, the Russian state-owned weapons manufacturer has expanded its portfolio in recent years, from the AK-12 and AK-15 variant assault rifles eyed by Russia’s Ministry of Defense to the heavily-armored BAS-01G Soratnik combat vehicle, designed to learn and kill all by itself.