ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov shows its new AK-19 rifle for the first time outside of Russia during a arms fair in the United Arab Emirates.
The assault rifle conforms to NATO caliber standards: it is chambered for 5.56 x 45mm rounds, and it features a Picatinny rail, a new folding folding stock to adjust length, improved diaphragm sight and a quick-release suppressor.
The gun is based on the AK-12 that was accepted into service by the Russian army in 2018. The AK-19 is compact and suitable for concealed carry.
Defense News asked the CEO of the Russian company, Dmitry Tarasov, why it would design a NATO-friendly rifle if there are measures that prevent NATO members from buying it.
“The 5.56 x 45 mm round is traditionally used by many countries in the (Middle East), Southeast Asia and Latin America. It is a huge market and many countries in those regions look with great respect at the weapons coming from Russia. AK-19 is for woo these markets, & # 39; Tarasov replied. “The (Middle East) region is indeed in our focus as a fast-growing market for defense products. Our legendary brand is well established in the region and we plan to build on it. "
At IDEX, Kalashnikov will also display a number of military and commercial firearms, speedboats, and fire-and-forget missiles, commercial UAVs, and bulletproof gear and equipment for special forces. "We have brought such a variety of products because we feel the ME is the right market for them and we are seeing a lot of interest from delegations at IDEX," Tarasov told Defense News.
So which Kalashnikov products are getting the most attention from potential Middle Eastern customers?
“I would prioritize assault rifles, along with the 100s and 200s series (of) AK's. We have unveiled our new AK-19 Chambered for NATO rounds. Our new PLK compact gun just tested in Russia is a great product. We are promoting it as a compact gun that has excellent ergonomics and will meet the needs of police, paramilitaries and security forces, ”said Tarasov.
When asked what the next Kalashnikov will look like, Tarasov said: "I will not reveal that, but I will give you a hint: we like modern and even futuristic design, we opt for ergonomic solutions."
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