Rosoboronexport, part of the Rostec State Corporation, has launched a global marketing campaign to promote the AK200 series legendary Kalashnikov assault rifles manufactured by the Kalashnikov Concern, as Russia begins talks with Saudi Arabia to make the assault rifles in the Middle East.
The discussions with Saudi Arabia right now are on percentage of localisation of content, which the Saudi Arabian government wants to be 90 per cent, Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec said on the sidelines of IDEX.
Rostec hopes to sign the final agreement before the end of this month, he added.
“Export permits for the newest Kalashnikov AK200 series assault rifles have been obtained. From now on, Rosoboronexport may offer its partners the AK200, AK203, AK204 and AK205 versions, which made their international debut at the IDEX,” said Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander Mikheev.
Rosoboronexport is holding presentations of these rifles in the course of negotiations with foreign customers on the supply of small arms.
“We expect strong demand for them in the Middle East and around the world,” Mikheev added.
The Kalashnikov AK200 series assault rifles are in line with all current trends in small arms development, while retaining the best qualities of the AK-47, the legendary brainchild of the great Russian gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose 100th anniversary of the birth will be marked in 2019.
“Currently, AK200 series assault rifles are supplied to government customers in Russia and are also ready to be exported abroad to partners who impose more stringent requirements on small arms. The Kalashnikov AK200 series rifles are our strategic product in the export area,” commented Vladimir Dmitriev, Director General of Kalashnikov Concern.
The AK200 series rifles have retained all the advantages of the traditional AK pattern –reliability, durability and ease of maintenance. The rifle is equipped with integral Picatinny rail and can be fitted with necessary detachable equipment for the effective use of the weapon in various conditions, including in reduced visibility.
The length-adjustable buttplate and a number of ergonomic solutions for optimizing controls enable the users to fully realize their shooting skills, regardless of their anthropometric indicators and the availability of a variety of personal clothing, gear and equipment. The AK200 series has successfully passed the testing program, meets all the requirements for modern small arms and is an effective small arms system.