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The Rus­sian cen­tral arms test­ing body has started state test­ing of Izh­mash’s newly devel­oped AK-12 as­sault ri­fle, which is an up­graded vari­ant of the Rus­sian Army’s Soviet-era AK-74 Kalash­nikov se­ries. Tri­als will val­i­date the ri­fle’s ef­fec­tive­ness af­ter ex­po­sure to freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, desert heat, hu­mid­ity, as well as dust and other en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, ac­cord­ing to RIA Novosti. Izh­mash Chief De­signer Vladimir Zlobin said that test­ing would start in early 2013 and be com­plete by July the same year; he went on to claim that the Rus­sian Armed Forces and cer­tain for­eign cus­tomers have also shown in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing the weapon. Se­rial pro­duc­tion of the ri­fle is sched­uled to be­gin by the end of 2013.

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