IDEX 2021 will see the first official presentation by the Rosoboronexport of the brand new Kalashnikov AK-19 assault rifle and PLK compact pistol.
“AK-19 is chambered for 5.56×45 round, one of the most popular rifle rounds in the world, which is currently used by NATO countries. Consequently, this new rifle was developed specifically for the export market. “We are confident that presentation of AK-19 at IDEX, a large international exhibition will interest foreign customers, and we are already getting the first requests,” said Dmitry Tarasov, CEO of the Kalashnikov Group, quoted by the company’s press-service.
AK-19 is based on AK-12, which has already been accepted into service by the Russian Armed Forces. The rifle has a Picatinny rail, a new collapsible folding stock, improved aperture sight, and a quick-detachable suppressor, says the developer.
“In a hot and humid climate with frequent sandstorms, AK-19 will ensure reliability and effectiveness with minimal maintenance”, – reported the Kalashnikov Group.
The PLK compact Lebedev pistol chambered for 9×19 round is another premiere at IDEX. Compact size and sufficient magazine capacity make PLK suitable for concealed carry, necessary for plainclothes law enforcement personnel. Picatinny rail allows mounting lights and lasers which are crucial in a low-light environment.
According to Kalashnikov, one of the PLK’s advantages is great ergonomics: slide stop, manual safety, and magazine release are ambidextrous and allow both right-handed and left-handed to use it equally effectively.