Putin Plans A Massive Makeover Of The World's Most Popular Rifle
On a recent visit to Izhevsk, home of the Kalashnikov Corporation, Russian President
Putin demands that these
The company makes 95 percent of the weapons afforded the Russian army, so Putin has a right to be concerned.
He also had some fiery rhetoric to justify the upgrades and motivate workers.
"Our weapons of today and tomorrow must be better than those of our potential enemy," Putin told workers of the Kalashnikov Corporation. "And what does that mean? [That means] firing range and precision."
Moscow Times made note that Putin did not specify who that "enemy" would be, though the AK-47 is the world's most popular weapon, and its only serious rival is the American M-series rifle.
"To solve [their] tasks, land forces must possess a high fighting potential, mobility, coordination and, of course, be well-equipped with modern arsenals," Putin said.
The president has allocated 16 percent of
Putin's emphasis for the upgrades - which also contain several additions to Russia's navy - has been projection and precision.
The whole system itself shakes as the round ignites and leaves the barrel. That shake adds to durability, but detracts from accuracy.
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