Four Rifles to Compete for Inclusion in Ratnik Equipment
Not two, but four rifles are in struggle for inclusion in the future soldier combat equipment Ratnik. The decision will be made before the end of February, TASS reported according to General Director of the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (CRI TOCHMASH) Dmitry Semizorov.
Earlier it was reported that the place in Ratnik is disputed by AK-12 from concern “Kalashnikov” and AEK-971 developed by Kovrov plant named after Degtyarev, and both rifles can be adopted. According to the deputy chairman of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission Oleg Bochkarev, the military insist on choosing only one model, and AK-12 stands a better chance of winning.
“It never was about two rifles. We consider four rifles – AK-103-3, AK-12, A-545 and A-762. Meanwhile the decision of the State Commission on the adoption in Ratnik of any rifle is not accepted,” Semizorov said.