Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range.
The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin vehicles at a distance of up to 300 m. The rifle is designed to provide fire superiority during assault operations and close-quarter battle (CQB). Its bullpup design reduces its overall length and the rifle can be complemented by various types of detachable silencers to suppress noise and eliminate muzzle flash.
According to KBP, the ShAK-12 fires the 12.7x55 PD-12, PS-12A, PS-12B, STs-177, and STs-178 sub- and supersonic rounds in automatic and semi-automatic modes. The heavy munition provides a significant advantage in terms of lethal effect compared to automatic assault rifles chambered for traditional and reduced-calibre rounds. The assault rifle is accurate at a range of up to 300 m and has a rate of fire of 500-750 rds/min. It is fed by a 10- and 20-round plastic box magazine. The ShAk-12 weighs 5.2 kg with an empty 10-round magazine and has a length of 675 mm without a silencer.
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