The Russian army can be re-equipped with a larger caliber

During a press conference on November 2, the president of the Kalashnikov concern, Alan Lushnikov, announced a possible change in the main caliber of small arms in the Russian army. At the moment, the manufacturer is working on the creation of a new set of equipment for the soldier "Legionnaire", reports RIA News.

The protective component of the new equipment set will be complemented by new weapons. The US Army has already signed a contract for the supply of small arms enlarged to 6,8 mm caliber. Modernized AK-12 assault rifles with 5,45 mm caliber cartridges form the basis of the modern equipment of the Russian military personnel "Warrior". This standard has been the main one since the early seventies of the last century.

However, in modern realities, such a caliber is ineffective against the improved protective equipment of the military. Therefore, Kalashnikov is working on the search for new ballistic solutions and does not exclude an increase in the caliber of the concern's new assault rifles.

It is impossible to exclude an increase in caliber from 5,45 mm to a larger one, since completely different Technology personal protection of soldiers. We are already working in this direction

- said the president of "Kalashnikov" Alan Lushnikov.
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 4 November 2022 16: 01
    Small arms should move into personal defense weapons. All fighters control more powerful weapons: a flamethrower, ATGM, grenade launchers, sniper rifles from 9 mm and above, and so on. Reorganize the rifle squad into fire groups of 6-8 fighters, including ATGMs, a flamethrower (Bumblebee, etc.), a machine gunner, a sniper, an operator of a strike and reconnaissance UAV, etc. Motorized riflemen, a fighter with a machine gun and a couple of grenades, should not remain, as well as attacks on the enemy, sweeps only by means of UAVs and without crew equipment. To exclude a fighter from direct contact with the enemy - this is how the near future is seen.
  2. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
    Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 4 November 2022 19: 20
    obviously 7
  3. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 5 November 2022 18: 20
    the fact that the armor will become stronger over time could be guessed, then why did they switch to 5,45? it's like daylight saving time
  4. Electric welder Offline Electric welder
    Electric welder 5 December 2022 19: 29
    What to look for? 7.72 won't work? In my time, AKM has proven itself well.
    1. Name LastName Offline Name LastName
      Name LastName (name last name) 10 December 2022 23: 18
      7.62 is AK47, 5.45 is AKM74... something like that...