Russian companies are a common and interesting presence at any IDEX event. Kalashnikov Concern had a very well-organized and active area with all their models, including the latest releases such as the AK-19 and the MP-155 shotgun. Here we’ll look at a less familiar (and pronounceable) name: Rosoboronexport.
The organization is not a manufacturer, but the sole state Russian agency dealing with international export of defense-related material. Below we can see the two main types of firearms brought at IDEX.
Rosoboronexport – KORD Assault Rifles
The 6P67 and 6P68 KORD may sound new to most TFB readers, however, the more attentive ones will recognize the AEK-971 (5.45mm) and AEK 973 (7.62mm) manufactured by the Degtyaryov Plant.
Both weapons employ a version of the balanced action gas-operated system, conceptually similar to other Russian developments. An interesting and exclusively Russian approach to recoil reduction, that traces back to older designs.
The models at IDEX showed what is nowadays a pretty unconventional featureless handguard, retractable stock, and extensive use of polymers.
Rosoboronexport – Lobaev Arms Sniper Rifles
Lobaev Arms is a Russian manufacturer of precision bolt action rifles that we know for long-range shooting record attempts. All models adopt modular aluminum chassis and stocks with some degrees of adjustability.