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Bangladesh seeks Russian assault rifles

1st February 2022 - 02:14 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Bangladesh Army is adopting the AK-15 7.62mm assault rifle, with an initial quantity of 2,000 weapons being sought. (Rosoboronexport)

New assault rifles are just one new piece of equipment on the agenda for the Bangladesh Army.

The Bangladesh Armed Forces have issued an RfT for 2,000 Russian-manufactured assault rifles, according to a tender document published by the country’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) on 19 January.

The weapon in question is the AK-15 7.62mm rifle from Kalashnikov Concern. The 3.5kg rifle is a variant of the AK-12 chambered for 7.62 x 39mm rounds.

Responses from industry – in this case, Rosoboronexport – are called for by 16 February.

These initial weapons will be distributed to training schools, academies and regimental centres. More contracts are expected to follow, as the AK-15 will gradually replace in-service assault rifles in

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