I have been told one of the key reason why AK did not make in big numbers in Indian SF is because it lacked picatinny rail . so AK-200 having it is a welcome change.
The picatinny rail is a US mounting system that western makers of accessories create products for. AK-74M uses a sideplate on the receiver for scopes and an extra rear mounted bayonet lug for mounting its under barrel grenade launcher.
AFAIK the AK-200 is supposed to be a low cost upgrade of the AK-74M for Russian service, so I think it makes little sense to fit such a weapon with a rail system to use foreign accessories. It is kinda like the US making their next assault rifle compatible with AK magazines because they are better made and cheaper than the cheap M16 mags.
I guess now that it has been revealed that Russian optics and accessories makers have seen it they will start making new systems for the new rail system and now they can sell such equipment internationally too.
Is it true that the newer AK-100 model did not make a big sucess like the older AK-47 and AK-74 series ? Was there any issue in adopting AK-100 series ?
As far as I know the AK-100 series has been selling well. Venezuela alone bought a factory to make 100,000 AK-103s (in 7.62 x 39mm) and also a factory to make the ammo too. Vlad said they are much better made and more accurate than older rifles, and he should know.
The AK-100 series rifle with a standard barrel length in 5.45mm is the AK-74M which is the current standard Russian service rifle. I have no idea about the AK-105 with a shorter barrel in the same calibre, but for paratroopers and troops from APCs the smaller size weapons would be useful, while the crews of the vehicles will probably continue to use AKS-74Us as an even more compact weapon that is for self defence rather than normal use so the very short barrel and lack of accurate range wont be a problem.
It seems AK-47 and 74 remains a weapons of choice for terrorist world over and not the new AK-100 series.
Ummm... excuse me... what?
Plenty of terrorist organisations throughout central and south America use M16s.
Kurdish terrorists in Turkey often use HK G3s.
The AK series is popular because it is available and it is cheap and it gets the job done.
The new AK-100 series is not as cheap, but is more effective for a properly trained soldier. There are over 100 million AKs floating around the place with the vast majority being older models. When the Soviets were in Afghanistan the vast majority of AKs in the hands of the terrorists were supplied by the CIA and they were either from captured Arab sources via Israel or they were purchased from China. China made a fortune out of that war. The CIA would buy billions of rounds and hundreds of thousands of rifles and not care what happened to them. It is no surprise that such weapons pop up so often.
Regarding the AK-200 it seems to me that this is a stopgap till something revolutionary comes along that is worth the cost of a brand new design. The deployment of ADS rifles to the VDV and one assumes perhaps the Russian Navy is more interesting to me. Just looking at the video of the AK-200 I would guess that it has a balanced recoil system simply because that would not change the design too much and would not make operation of the weapon too different.
I think the peep Iron sights will be a bit of a problem... I personally prefer the older iron sight arrangement.
There is talk of Iraq wanting Russian small arms so I would expect a signficant order for AKs from them at some stage, probably including an initial large order of rifles and a factory to make more to meet their needs.
I would expect at some stage Afghanistan will do the same.