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Russia showcases new assault rifles

10th May 2019 - 16:36 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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The Russian military showed three new-generation assault rifles from the Kalashnikov portfolio for the first-time during Victory Day parade on the Red Square in Moscow on 9 May.

This was in fact, the only novelty demonstrated at the lavish Victory Day parade, otherwise known as a traditional venue for unveiling new weapon systems commissioned or expected to be commissioned soon by the Russian military and internal security forces.  

The parade saw the elite Russian Airborne Troops branch units belonging to the 331st Guards Parachute-Assault Regiment marching with the brand-new AK-12 assault rifles, equipped with a 40mm single-shot underbarrel grenade

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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