MOSCOW, February 28 (Itar-Tass) — Russia is developing new types of ammunition over the development of new types of artillery weapons and firearms. Old and morally outdated cartridges will be disposed quicker. Industrial capacities for the scrapping of ammunition will be expanded for this purpose, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a question-and-answer governmental session in the State Duma on Tuesday.
“The Defence Ministry actually has the storages full of special chemical warfare and ammunition. The military authorities are scrapping the ammunition, the service life of which expired,” he noted. Meanwhile, “we launched the development of new types of ammunition for artillery weapons and firearms.”
Rogozin recalled about the plans for an advanced modernization of the Kalashnikov submachine gun. “We will open a special laboratory under the military industrial committee, where the weapons will be adjusted to the calibres available in Russia through the assistance of specialists from the Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Machine Building,” he remarked. This is submachine guns, on which detachable equipment, particularly flashlights, optical sights and etc will be used.
Representatives of leading power-wielding agencies will be “the main inspectors of weapons.”
“Therefore, I believe that before the end of this year we will produce a new pistol, which will not be inferior to any pistol in the world. Sniper and police rifles will be produced,” Rogozin said. “A sniper grenade launcher and the ammunition for it” are being designed as well.
“I believe that before the end of this year we will seek to do a serious step forward, if not a breakthrough,” Rogozin concluded.