Well let me just put this to the doubters... without a balanced recoil system... which they made in the AK-107 and AK-108 which means they can make it and mass produce it if need be without a completely new design, why would it take two years to test, trial and put into service the AK-200 which without a balanced recoil mechanism is simply an AK-74M with rails?
Would they need trials just to add rails?
Personally I am disappointed they have a peep rear sight... the older sights gave good enough accuracy out to about 150m and when shooting at targets beyond that instead of a peep iron sight they should have a low power scope option. At short range peep sights obscures your field of view and gives the shooter tunnel vision without the advantages of a scope.
Yeah... people will b!tch about the short sight radius... but the sight radius of an AK sight includes the eye and rear and front sight elements... all of which are aligned to hit the target.
The rifle with the absolute worst sight radius is the iron sight equipped version of the SA80 and they don't complain about it on that... in fact some soldiers prefer the iron sights as they give a better field of view than the scope does.
There are lots of little cosmetic things they could do, like a hold open feature after the last shot is fired from a mag. I really don't care about suggestions to make the cocking handle ambidextrous... I shoot left handed and it suits me just fine.
Demands for a quieter safety catch are ridiculous... the little bit of metal that sticks out for you to thumb down the selector can be pinched in both fingers and pulled out from the rifle to change its setting silently... sure it takes slightly more time, but if you are being sneaky then the extra time is worth it to not give yourself away. If there is a panic of urgency then you are probably in trouble already so a little clack will not make much difference.
What else do people complain about?
Ahh, yes accuracy, and sometimes even recoil... these complaints come from ignorants that think AKs still fire heavy 120 grain 7.62mm calibre slugs.
The rifles in 5.56, 5.45, and 7.62mm calibre were tested with one round in the magazine each and recoil levels were something like 7 newtons for the 7.62, 6 newtons for the 5.56mm, and 3 newtons for the 5.45mm.
Now part of that reduction for the 5.45mm round was the very efficient muzzle brake the AK-74 uses, but that is fair because that is the rifle it is fired from.
I just wonder when would they release the specs of this new toy , perhaps send one to you for writing a review
If only that were so...