War for some, profit for others: Russian ‘Kalashnikov’ reported over outstanding targets

Despite of the cynical statements of Russian government that they have nothing to do with the conflict in Donbas, certain facts allow coming to different conclusions. In particular, Russian corporation ‘Kalashnikov’ reported on profit first time in the last seven years. 

Thus, according to the Information Agency of Russia ‘TASS’, the profit of the corporation ‘Kalashnikov’, the largest producer of weapon in Russia that is a part of Rostech upon the results of 2014 was around three million rubles that 28 percents more than in 2013. ‘Profit of the corporation upon the results of 2014 exceeds on 700 million rubles the previous year target. Upon the results of the last year ‘Kalashnikov’ first time in the last seven years reached the level of the net profit from production that was 88 million rubles,’ – informed a person interviewed by the agency. But no new weapon contracts in 2014 were signed by Russian Federation in 2014! Without counting military conflict in Donbas. At the same time officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service of Ukraine and Ministry of Defense of Ukraine regularly make statements on the availability of the ‘most modern weapon’ of the ‘Russian production’ used by the separatists. However, these statements often were related to the air defense missile system, antitank missile system and grenade launcher, as well as an armored personal carrier, but not always to the shooting arms. The most modern firearms that are used by the separatists are still automatic rifle ‘Kalashnikov’ of the 100th series that was produced in Russia in 1990-2000. These are the models AK-101, AK-102 and AK-103. They differ from previous and the most popular model AK-74 by smaller weight, possibility of the installation of automatic optical sight, additional handler on the fore-end of the weapon and special rests for more precise firing from the point-blank. ‘It means the only thing – that Russia found a way to kill two birds with one stone, - notice the experts of ‘Vector news’. – First, Russian military industry is involved in the modernization of the army (all the ‘old’ armament sent to Donbas and all the ‘new is for the upgrading of the regular units of the army’). Before for the recycling of the enormous amount of machine guns and automatic rifles there was neither money, nor motivation or opportunity. Secondly, any use of the armament in the real fighting is one level higher than demonstrating it on the exhibitions or polygons and that was used by the Rostech’.

‘The main priority is retention of the position of the key provider of the high quality armament for the Ministry of Defense and other law enforcement agencies of Russian Federation, as well as the strengthening of the position of the corporation as one of the world leaders in development and production of military and civilian shooting range. Expected general investment volume should be around 5 billions rubles,’ – clarifies representative of ‘Kalashnikov’. It is a pity that geographical borders were not clarified. At the same time it was noticed that in 2015 the corporation continues increasing of production volumes and plans boosting on the level of 20-25 percents.

In other words, ‘Kalashnikov’ definitely is not preparing for peace… 

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