The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Kalashnikov for its RPK-16 light machine gun, the company’s blog on 8 February quoted its director, Alexey Krivoruchko, as having told the TASS state news agency on 6 February.
The RPK-16 is a development of the latest version of the AK-12 assault rifle, designed to provide a higher rate of fire. According to Kalashnikov, it has a bipod but can be fired by a moving soldier. It has a changeable barrel and a more sturdy trunk.
The MoD contract follows one on 29 January for AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles.
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