The United States Army’s Contracting Command-New Jersey (CCNJ) has been looking into how it could acquire Russian-made AK-74 assault rifles or clones of the rifle made under license.


This article by Peter Suciu, writing for 1945, makes the following points:
  • The Army has called for AK-74-type Kalashnikov assault rifles with fixed stocks and approximately 16-inch barrels.
  • While based on the original Kalashnikov, the AK-74 is more than an upgraded AK-47.
  • The article notes that: 'It was initially unclear how the Army might utilize the assault rifles, but the U.S. does maintain stocks of various foreign armaments for training. There has also been speculation online that some of these could be sent to Ukraine'.


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