The Russian arms manufacturer had a stellar year — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


The Kalashnikov Group had its biggest year ever, increasing both production and contract volume, the company said on Thursday.

Based in Izhevsk, the group is Russia’s largest producer of firearms, as well as producing machine tools and motorcycles. Last year, the firearms division reached a 20-year high, producing 40 percent more military and civilian firearms than in 2021, Kalashnikov said. The production of tools department also increased by 8% compared to last year.

In what they describe “biggest transactions in history” The Kalashnikov company has executed 45 government military contracts, 24 military-technical cooperation agreements and licensing agreements for production elsewhere.

According to the annual report, in 2022 Kalashnikov released the first batch of new 7.62×54 mm Chukavin sniper rifles, and “mastered” serial production of four newly developed models.

These include the 5.56x45mm AK-19 assault rifle for the civilian market, the 9mm PPK-20 assault rifle, as well as the Saiga-9 and TR3 semi-automatic hunting carbines. The TR3 is a civilian model based on the AK-12 and AK-15 military rifles.

NATO’s AK-19 caliber aircraft was created at the request of international customers. The AK-12 uses 5.35x39mm ammunition, while the AK-15 is chambered in 7.62x39mm, both of which meet Russian military specifications.

Russian officials have previously said the country’s defense industry has moved into high gear in response to Western efforts. “pump” Ukraine with weapons and supplies. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with defense industry leaders in Tula to discuss the need for full supply “each platoon” front line with everything you need.

The Kalashnikov group is part of the Rostec defense consortium. It was established in 2013 by merging the machining facilities in Izhevsk with the Arms Factory, formerly known as Izhmash, which dates back to 1807. The new name honors Izhmash’s most famous employee, tank driver and mechanic Mikhail Kalashnikov, who was responsible for designing the machine. AK-47 rifle 1947

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