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AK-15 Russian 5.45mm Assault Rifle

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"Infantry Weapons"
"Assault Rifles"
notes"The AK-15 is a new Russian assault rifle. It was developed under the Ratnik future infantrymen programme. This weapon was first publicly revealed in 2016. The AK-15 is mainly aimed at elite units of the Russian military and law enforcement forces, as well as possible export customers. It is planned that the AK-15 will replace in production an AK-103 assault rifle. The AK-15 is essentially a version of the AK-12, chambered for a 7.62x39 mm ammunition. This ammunition has superior penetration and stopping power comparing with the Soviet 5.45x39 mm ammunition, or standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. The 7.62x39 mm ammunition is still used by the Russian military and law enforcement forces and is widely used around the world. Some operators prefer this caliber. There were also plans to chamber the AK-15 for a standard NATO 7.62x51 mm ammunition. Also the new weapon is better balanced and has improved ergonomics. The AK-15 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. Internally it follows the lines of the traditional Kalashnikov design. Several changes were made to the gas tube, foregrip, magazine well. It looks like this weapon has got a new barrel. It is expected to be simple, rugged and reliable weapon as its predecessors. However it is not a cutting-edge weapon in any way. The AK-15 has a cyclic rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute, which is 50 rounds faster than that of the AK-74M. A combined safety / fire mode selector lever is similar to that used on the AK-74 and earlier Kalashnikov assault rifles. It has three positions for "safe", "semi-automatic", and "fully-automatic". However it uncomfortable to use and is not ambidextrous. Early prototypes of the AK-12 assault rifle had a new ambidextrous safety / fire mode selector switch, that could be operated by a thumb. However for some reason on later prototypes this arrangement was dropped in favor to traditional simple, reliable, but awkward fire mode selector. This weapon is fed from 30-round capacity magazines. It is compatible with the standard 30-round magazines, of AK-103 and AKM, as well as 40-round box and 75-round drum magazines of the RPK light machine gun. This assault rifle has a telescopic buttstock, which resembles that of the US M4 carbine. The buttstock can be adjusted for length. A new pistol grip is ergonomically-shaped. This Russian assault rifle comes as standard with simple iron sights. It also has a full-length Picatinny-type scope rail and can mount various scopes, red dot sights and night vision sights. Range of effective fire is around 500 meters. Maximum range is 800 meters. Even though the AK-15 has improved accuracy over the AKM and AK-103, it is not as accurate as the latest Western assault rifles. The AK-15 has an accessory rail on the foregrip and can mount vertical foregrip, tactical flashlight, laser pointer or other accessories. The assault rifle can also mount a knife-bayonet, silencer or GP-25/GP-34 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher. The AK-15 was revealed alongside some other Russian weapons, developed by Kalashnikov Concer, such as a new compact assault rifle, that is a proposed replacement for the AKS-74U and RPK-16 light machine gun, a proposed replacement for the RPK-74 light machine gun."
name"Alternate Designation(s)"
name"Primary Function / Type"
value"Soldiers' personal weapon"
name"Date of Introduction"
value"NLT July 2018"
value"Kalashnikov Concern"
value"Armenia, Qatar"
name"Bore Diameter / Caliber / Length or Cartridge"
value"Gas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt"
name"Cooling Method"
name"Muzzle Velocity"
name"Cyclic Rate of Fire"
name"Semi-automatic Rate of Fire"
name"Magazine Capacity (ies)"
value"30 round detachable magazines"
name"Rail System Capable"
name"Sights Available from Manufacturer"
name"Capable of Attaching other Weapons (Grenade launcher, bayonet, etc.)"
value"Bayonet and grenade launcher can be attached"
name"Bi-pod Capable"
name"Cyclic Rate of Fire"
value"40 - 100 rpm"
name"Range of Effective Fire"
name"Barrel Length"
name"Weight, Empty"
name"Weight, Loaded"
name"5N7: First variant introduced in 1974. Semi-Armor-Piercing Full-Metal-Jacketed (SAP-FMJ) bullet with a mild steel penetrator. There is an air-space between the inside of the metal jacket's tip and the lead core wrapped around the penetrator, making it technically a Jacketed Hollow Point round."
name"7N6: High penetration round introduced in 1987. Can penetrate 6mm of steel plating at 300m. Can be identified by the ring of red lacquer sealing the case mouth."
name"7N10: Improved penetration round introduced in 1992 as the standard service round. Can penetrate 16mm of steel plating at 300m. Can be identified by the ring of violet/purple lacquer sealing the case mouth."
name"7N22: Armour-Piercing round. Can be identified by ring of red lacquer sealing the case mouth and a black tip."
name"7N24: Super armor piercing ammunition. Has a penetrator made of tungsten carbide."
name"7T3: Tracer ammunition burns out to 800m."
name"7T3M: Tracer ammunition burns out to 850m."
name"7H3: Training Blank cartridge with a frangible bullet made of hollow white plastic. Requires blank adapter to fire safely."
name"7H3M: Training Blank cartridge with a frangible bullet made of hollow white plastic. Requires blank adapter to fire safely."
name"7Sch3: “High Pressure” Proofing Cartridge. A high-pressure cartridge with a yellow-painted bullet used to proof gun barrels."
name"7Sch4: “Increased Pressure” Proofing Cartridge. A high-pressure cartridge with a black-painted bullet used to proof gun actions."
name"7Kh4: Training Dummy. Fixed bullet, no primer in the pocket, contains no propellant, and has a fluted and pierced cartridge case."
name"7U1: US Subsonic ammunition."
name"Iron Sights"
value"Iron sights consist of a shrouded front post, mounted on the gas block, and an adjustable rear aperture sight, installed on the removable base using an upper Picatinny rail. The rear sight has a windage adjustment knob on the right and range scale marked from 1 to 8 (100 to 800 meters in 100-meter increments)."
name"Optics (Option #1)"
value"VOMZ Pilad P1x42 reflex sight"
value"FOV – unlimited, Window size – 34x26mm, Dot size – 3.5 MOA, Adjustment click – 1 MOA, Brightness adjustment – manual, Power – 1 CR2032, Operating time – 70 hours, Operating temperature +40 to -40 Centigrade, Size – 82x38x58 mm (3.22×1.49×2.28 inches), Weight – 160g (5.64 oz), Dust and water resistant NVG compatible, Mounting – Picatinny or Weaver rail"
name"Optics (Option #2)"
value"Dedal DK-9 red dot sight"
value"Power – AA, Weight – 300g, 7 step brightness adjustment, 2 step NVG mode, Dot size – 2 MOA, Operating time – 10000 hours, .338 LM recoil rated, Nitrogen purged, IP-67 waterproof, Size 116x60x75cm"
notes"Short barreled version"
notes"The AK-15 is a variant of the AK-12 chambered in 7.62×39mm cartridge. Both the AK-12 and AK-15 have been developed by the Kalashnikov Group under the "Ratnik" program and have been accepted into Russian military service. The rifle has a combat weight of 4.16 kg (9.17 lb), a full length of 1,066 mm (42.0 in), a barrel length of 415 mm (16.3 in), a cyclic rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute (RPM), a muzzle velocity of 715 m/s, a maximum firing range of 800 m (870 yd) metres and a standard magazine capacity of 30 rounds.[41] It is also compatible using magazines from the AKM, AK-103, and RPK. The only difference between the AK-12 and the AK-15 is their calibre."
notes"During the ARMY-2017, Kalashnikov Concern displayed prototypes of the AK-15K, which is a short-barreled variant of the AK-15."
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