The Degtyarev plant started serial production of the machine And-545 5.45 millimeters. As reports RIA Novosti, citing a source in the military-industrial complex, arms production is conducted under contract with the Ministry of defense of. As expected, the new machines will go into service of the airborne forces of until the end of 2020.
Machine a-545 is developed on the basis of AEK-971, created in 1978 for competition of the Ministry of defense of the USSR, which lost an-94 assault rifle. In 2013, the Degtyarev Plant presented modern modification of weapons, made of new materials and the new standards. The mass of the AEK-971 is approximately 3.5 kg without magazine length 960 millimetres with stock unfolded.
The weapon’s rate of fire is 900 rounds per minute and an effective range of 500 metres. The weapon comes with a detachable box-shops at 30 and 45 rounds. AEK-971 is built on the scheme of the machine with a balanced automation based on a gas engine.
In this scheme, at the front of the machine above the barrel mounted camera with a balancer, the weight of which corresponds to the mass of the bolt. The balancer and the bolt carrier group are rigidly connected. During firing, they move synchronously in different directions, and in the extreme positions completely extinguish the impulses of each other. This solution increases the accuracy of fire, but complicates the design of weapons.
The order of acceptance of the machine And-545 (GRAU index 6П67) into service was signed in early 2018. It recommended the adoption of the military units of the Land forces, airborne troops and naval infantry of then Navy. At the same time the arms were taken machines AEK-973 7.62 mm, AK-12 5.45-millimeter AK-15 in 7.62 mm. All weapons became part of the combat equipment “Ratnik”.