The Kalashnikov AKV-521 semi-automatic carbine is built upon a strong foundation of original Kalashnikov AK system, but with many modern features.
The AKV-521 carbine is intended to provide shooters with modular, multi-caliber weapon platform which build on purpose of mounting modern heavy LPVO + NV optics / IR illumination combo. To achieve this goal, the Kalashnikov AKV-521 carbine is designed with basic layout similar to weapons such as SIG SG 553.
This means that the AKV-521 now features separate upper receiver with solid 1913-MIL-STD top, and a lower receiver which houses trigger and magazine. Due to modular nature of the AKV-521, it is planned to be offered with optional additional upper receivers with barrels, allowing for quick caliber of configuration change.
As of February 2021 the Kalashnikov AKV-521 carbine is under heavy test program since it’s scheduled to enter initial serial production by mid-2021. AKV-521 will be offered in several most popular intermediate calibers, such as 5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm, and with two barrel lengths, standard 415 mm and short 341 mm.
Meanwhile, Russian Kalashnikov Concern (part of Rostec state corporation) is offering a whole range of its small arms including the brand-new AK-19 export-oriented assault rifle in 5,56×45 mm NATO caliber.
The new Kalashnikov assault rifle is lightweight telescopic buttstock with improved ergonomics, a new rear sight and a slotted flash suppressor with the ability to quickly mount a silencer. Barrel length AK-19 – 415 mm, weight – 3.3 kg.