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Russia develops 12 new types of rifles

(Xinhua)

09:05, February 08, 2012

MOSCOW, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) --Izhmash, Russia's leading weapons manufacturer, said Tuesday that it is developing 12 new types of light guns for military and sporting uses.

Among the new weapons is an experimental AK-12 automatic rifle that has been developed as a platform for 20 new handgun models, the weapons manufacturer said.

The weapons plant located in Izhevsk also is developing new sniper and sporting rifles. The Biatlon and Ural sporting rifles will be put on the market in 2013, the Interfax news agency reported.

Izhmash, which last year modernized 70 types of existing combat and sporting rifles, sold light arms worth 14 million dollars to the United States in 2011, the company said.

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