AK-400: Spetsnaz To Be Equipped with New Assault Rifle

Russian soldier equipped with AK-400 assault rifle
Russian soldier equipped with AK-400 assault rifle (Photo: XY)

The AK-400 is a new Russian-made assault rifle offered exclusively to the Presidential Security Service and the FSB. The famous Russian company Kalashnikov is behind this new assault rifle which is developed solely for use in FSB’s Spetsnaz units.

New adaptive rifle

Kalashnikov Concern is the largest arms manufacturer in Russia and probably one of the largest in the world. For years, they have exclusive contracts and ties with the Russian government. A new adaptive rifle known as the rifle can be equipped with a sight scope of any type, a flashlight, or a laser target marker through Picatinny rail.  It can also be customized depending on the user’s physiological parameters or the selected mission.

The most famous assault rifle in the world AK-47
AK-47 Assault Rifle (Photo: XY)

In terms of operational accuracy, the AK-400 assault rifle exceeds the tried-and-true old-fashioned AK-47 as well as the newest AK-12 assault rifle previously delivered to the Spetsnaz. Both AK-12 and AK-400 has numerous improvements over the legendary AK-47. However, most of these improvements are accumulations of improvements from previous models of the AK.

“The AK-400 rifle was first presented at the end of last year, at a meeting organized by the Presidential Security Service. Currently, the service is considering the purchase of the new rifle. There are several versions of the rifle for different gauges, including the old 7.62 mm gauge and the modern 5.45 mm,” an anonymous defense source told the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

According to the same source, the AK-12 rifle which was presented previously as part of the new combat gear Ratnik could not meet all requirements of the Spetsnaz which designates elite forces of different military and law enforcement divisions in Russia.

“The AK-12 is a weapon for infantry forces, airborne troops and reconnaissance units. But Special Ops forces need a rifle with the same accuracy but it should be lighter and more compact,” the source said.

First of all, the AK-400 assault rifle is planned for the special operations units of the Presidential Security Service and the FSB as we already mentioned and that also includes Spetsnaz units Alfa and Vympel.

A new AK-400 assault rifle - Spetsnaz new rifle
A new AK-400 assault rifle (Photo: AFP 2016/ RABIH MOGHRAB)

Technical specifications

The technical specifications of a new Spetsnaz assault rifle are similar to the AK-12. The AK-400 assault rifle has a length of 940 mm and a weight of three kilograms with an empty mag. It is also featured with a new firing mode which allows firing three bullets at only one pull-off, similar to the system used on the submachine guns.

The new Spetsnaz assault rifle - AK-400
The new Spetsnaz assault rifle – AK-400 (Photo: XY)

Opposite the AK-12, the AK-400 rifle is decorated with a telescoping stock and the already mentioned Picatinny rails. Picatinny rails are designed as a standard mounting platform for various types of sights and additional equipment. According to a source related to the Russian security services, with improved accuracy and usability, the new rifle would successfully replace previous versions of the AK-47 and other rifles used as the primary weapon in above-mentioned units. The AK-400 could reach solid potential in Russia’s military service.

Are Spetsnaz operators satisfied with the new rifle?

This answer mainly focuses on the ammo topic and there is a fierce discussion about whether or not AK should start using larger cartridges. AK-400 has good control and modern optics makes it easy to hit a target far away, combined with its versatility it is indeed great. But the cartridge just isn’t strong enough for the long-range capability. Though many wanted to keep the standard 5.45mm.

According to the end-users, the gun is ridiculously easy to shoot, extremely accurate, and has minimum recoil which pushes you straight back into the shoulder (no up, down, or sideways pull). The ergonomics of the gun are fabulous, the gun is extremely well balanced.

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  1. The AK-12 is a gas operated, selective-fire assault rifle with a long stroke piston. It is chambered to fire the 7.62?39 mm round.

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