Russian firearms manufacturer, Kalashnikov Group demonstrated new 7.62 mm assault rifle prototype, the Kalashnikov AK-308, at the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2018”.
AK-308 is based on AK-103 with certain design features taken from AK-12 and is chambered for 7.62×51 round. AK-103 assault rifle is a derivative of the AK-74M chambered for the 7.62×39mm M43 round, similar to the older AKM.
The new weapon features aperture sights and folding adjustable 4-position stock. Bayonet can be also attached on the rifle. It is not known whether the rifle will be inducted into the Russian Armed Forces service.
“At the moment, preparations are under way for preliminary testing of weapons,” Kalashnikov said in a statement.
Technical Specs of AK-308:
+ Caliber: 7.62 mm
+ Cartridge: 7.62×51
+ Weight (with magazine, without ammunition): 4.3 kg
+ Overall length/with bayonet – 880-940 millimeters/ 1045-1105 mm
+ Overall length with the folded stock: 690 mm
+ Barrel length: 415 mm
+ Height: 242 mm
+ Width: 72 mm
+ Stock: folding adjustable 4-position
+ Magazine capacity: 20 rounds
+ Sights: aperture sight
Kalashnikov is the manufacturer of AK-47 gas-operated, 7.62×39mm assault rifle, the most popular and widely used assault rifle in the world.
In January, the Russian military announced it would replace its standard issue AK-74M rifles with AK-12 and AK-15 rifles. The AK-74M fires a 5.45x39mm round, has a 30-round magazine and weighs about 8.6 pounds when fully loaded. On the other hand, the AK-12 shoots a 5.45x39mm caliber round, and the AK-15 shoots a 7.62x39mm round, according to Kalashnikov. Each of those two weapons with an empty 30-round magazine weigh about 7.7 pounds.