Sounds like the AK-12 covers pretty much all of the flaws he mentioned.
I would hope that is because Izhmash talked to people like him when developing the AK-12.
I suspect the modular multi calibre capability will be added to suit the needs of India and this will likely make it even more appealing to special forces personnel... so instead of having 5-6 weapons they can use one weapon with a few adaptor sets.
For instance you want standard calibre weapons, but sometimes you want short weapons or long weapons or something in the middle. You also want alternative calibres... 7.62 x 39mm is handy because you can fit a suppressor and have a mag or two of subsonic ammo for the start of a mission when being quiet might be useful, but have standard high velocity ammo for when you need performance. With a suppressor only mission you can use a short barrel as it makes the weapon compact, but for a mission where supersonic ammo is carried and used then a carbine or rifle barrel will give better power.
To achieve this you would need... give Russian previous equivalents, AKS_74U, AK-105, AKS-74, and RPK-74 in 5.45mm calibre plus an AK-103 and AK-104.
With the AK-12 the 5.45mm set would include bolt and bolt carrier, mag adapter, and up to four barrels of different lengths and attachments, plus the 7.62 x 39mm set with a bolt and bolt carrier, mag adapter, and probably 3-4 barrels.
Using the same base gun with the same interface and sights etc means it is cheaper and easier to practise, cheaper to buy, and of course when you are firing thousands of rounds a week when the barrels wear out you can just buy a new set rather than a new rifle.
Thanks for posting those links Mr AK.
BTW the multi calibre modularity will be meaningless to most grunts, but the improved human interface, larger mags and ability to attach all sorts of stuff, along with the improved accuracy will likely be popular.
For a hunter it is a rifle that is a flexible as a shotgun but with better range.
Regarding Kardans post... comments about the FN FAL being the best rifle in the world in the 1980s because it was so widely deployed is a bit naive... it is a very good rifle, but seriously compromised in terms of performance by its round which was simply too powerful. Politics had a role to play there too... if the Brits hadn't picked it and therefore the British commonwealth then it would have been in much less wide spread service.
There is a reason there are more than 100 million AKs and AK knockoffs floating around...
It should be pointed out that his problems with the AK not being able to be carried loaded with the safety on and when a target appears be able to slip off the safety and fire more easily than the current AK design is not just solved on the AK-12 with the thumb selector on both sides it was also not a problem with several early AK prototypes which also had fire selectors near the shooters thumb for easy access, but for one reason or another this design choice was eliminated from the competition...
This is the most important part:
A need for my work machine, 5.45 mm, with a thick barrel length of 30 cm, with a double disc store, low-noise shooting device, double-sided safety lock, automatic safety on the trigger, adjustable stock and Picatinny bars for the front handle, collimator , optics, lamps, and target designators ...
The ideal version of such weapons - the presence of removable barrel, standard and compact length for action in the premises. The presence of a removable barrel will complicate the construction and improvement costs. But it is cheaper to have one machine with two trunks than two machines of different sizes. We sometimes there are situations when we are forced to take on operations other than the standard AK-74M, small-sized weapons such as 9A-91 and low-noise, depending on the situation. Which often change during a single operation.
So what he is saying properly translated is:
I need for my work Rifle, 5.45 mm, with a heavy barrel length of 30 cm (which makes it AK-105 length), with a 60 round magazine, Suppressor, thumb operated selector on both sides of the weapon, trigger safety, length and height adjustable stock and Picatinny rails for the front mounted vertical pistol grip, top mounted collimator sight, top mounted optics, Torches, and laser target designators ...
The ideal version of such weapons - Modular design with removable barrel, of standard and compact length barrels for action inside. The presence of a removable barrel will complicate the construction and increase costs. But it is cheaper overall to have one rifle with two different length barrels than two rifles of different sizes. We sometimes need different length weapons in different phases of a single operation.
In other words taking an AK-12 with an added trigger safety with long and short heavy barrels would be his ideal weapon. When approaching an area the long barrel can be used for range and accuracy over longer distances, while operations inside a building can be conducted with a short barrel, perhaps with a built in suppressor to make it short and handy inside... and not too noisy to use.
In other parts of the article he basically says he is interested in 5.45mm calibre models only, but I would think this is personal choice and having models in 7.62 x 39mm and even 5.56mm and 7.62 x 51mm makes a lot of sense and would be useful for other users.
note with a red dot sight with x1 magnification for use inside the building will be accurate enough at very close range without adjusting the sights because the distances will be so small you should still get hits.
Obviously if you plan to use the long barrel outside at various ranges you might sight the iron front sight to 300m-400m, while for the short barrel you might choose to simply bore sight it.
Pretty sure I have read that article by Karden some time ago... the AK-12 seems to be his new favourite rifle.