Russia's Central Military District (CMD) has begun receiving Kalashnikov AK-12 5.45 mm assault rifles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 July.
"The first 8,000 [AK-12] assault rifles have been delivered to the CMD's units and formations. The AK-12 is a new platform, based on which a range of military and civilian weapons of various calibres will be produced," the MoD said.
According to the military, CMD personnel will soon undergo weapon handling and preliminary marksmanship training with the new rifles at several combined arms ranges in the Novosibirsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk regions, and Altay Krai. However, the CMD units to which the AK-12s have been issued have not been disclosed.
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