The US wants to buy AK-74 assault rifles or copies of it. This conclusion follows from the application posted on the website of the government of the country.
There was a desire to purchase machine guns and accessories for it from the command under the contracts of the ground forces in New Jersey. At the same time, in hosted on the SAM.gov website, the application does not specify for what purposes and how the weapon will be used.
In addition to the AK-74, the department is interested in magazines, slings, weapon cleaning kits, including oil, and instructions in English.
Preference, judging by the application, is given to machine guns from Romania of the 1986 model, Russia (AK-74) and East Germany (MPi AK74). Weapons that were produced in other countries are also suitable, but on condition that they repeat the design of the AK-74. At the same time, the department does not want to consider weapons made in Bulgaria (AR-SF) and Poland (Tantal model), referring to the fact that they “are not considered the AK-74 model.”
The 5.45 mm AK-74 assault rifle was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1970. He was put into service in the Soviet army in 1974. In combat conditions, the AK-74 was first used in the Afghan war. Now the machine is in service with many countries in Eastern Europe and Asia.