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AEK 971 (1)

An AEK-971 in reality.

The AEK-971, or Avtomat Experimental Koksharov-971, is a Russian-made selective-fire assault rifle designed by Sergey I. Koksharov in the 1970s at the Kovrov Machinebuilding Plant in Kovrov, Russia. The rifle was designed for the Russian Army's "Abakan" test trial in the 1980s to replace the AK-74 with a more accurate and modernized assault rifle.

Despite failing the Army's "Abakan" trial and losing to the AN-94, it went on to be produced for Russian police forces and for export. Later, in 2014, the Russian military accepted the latest model for evaluation.

It fires the 5.45x39mm round, fed from a standard 30-round magazine, and is compatible with all magazines used by the AK-74 model. It fires at an approximate 900 rounds/minute rate with an effective range of 400+ meters.

Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit

BC aek
Unlocked at RU Default
Damage Medium
Magazine size 50
Starting ammunition 200
Rate of fire 600
Accuracy 70
Range Mid-Long
Faction Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces
Kit BC assault Assault
Source of statistics Battlefield: Bad Company Official Prima Guide
"Modern Russian assault rifle equipped with recoil damper that enables stable handling during fully automatic fire. After years of development, the AEK-971 is now the standard assault rifle of the Russian army. "
— In game description.

The AEK-971 is a weapon featured in Battlefield: Bad Company.


The AEK-971 is the standard issue rifle of both Russian and Serdaristani soldiers. It is probably the most common weapon in the game - especially in the first few missions - making ammunition easy to come by, though it cannot be found during Ghost Town where the AUG replaces it. It is a decent replacement for the default M416 as its sights are more open, but its stats are exactly the same. It also comes equipped with a GP-30 with 40mm grenades.


The AEK-971 is issued as the default assault rifle to the Russian Assault Kit. Its US Army counterpart is the M416 and its MEC counterpart is the AUG A3. Like all assault rifles in the game, it has 50 rounds in each magazine and the player will have 150 rounds in reserve. It will have the GP-30 as its grenade launcher with 8 grenades. It has very average stats, balanced between moderate power, moderate fire rate and mediocre accuracy, as well as open sights. It can kill in about 8-10 shots.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit

AEK-971 Vintovka
Unlocked at 0 exp
Damage 14.3
Damage multipliers 2.1x Head
Magazine size 30 rounds
Maximum ammunition 210 + 30 (SP)
90 + 30 (without Ammo Upgrade)
180 + 30 (with Ammo Upgrade)
Reload time 3.2 seconds
Rate of fire 800 rpm
Range M16AssaultStats
Recoil Low
Firemodes Automatic
Kit BFBC2 Assault Icon Assault
Source of statistics [1]
Sound(s) Firing sound
Inventory slot Primary Weapon
Battlefield Bad Company 2 - AEK-97100:09

Battlefield Bad Company 2 - AEK-971

"The Russian Army's gold standard, the AEK971 assault rifle was designed to enable shooters to maintain accuracy during fully automatic fire."
— In-game description.

The AEK-971 is a weapon featured in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.


The AEK-971 Vintovka is no longer the standard weapon for Russian infantry, unlike in the previous game, having been replaced in that role by the AN-94. Instead, it is primarily found in the hands of the Latin American Militia. It can be found either with iron sights or a Red Dot Sight. The version with the Red Dot Sight can be found as a collectible in Upriver, underneath the destroyed bridge.


The AEK-971 Vintovka is the first assault rifle issued to the Assault kit. It is nearly the same as the M16A2 in terms of stats. It has 30 rounds per magazine. It has medium firepower and decently low spread. The recoil is very low for its rate of fire, but is enough to throw off the player's aim beyond medium range. But, short controlled bursts can make the gun deadly at long range. The iron sights are very open, but the recoil pattern makes the gun move back and forth in first person, and resettles very slowly, meaning continuous fire leaves the player with nothing to rely on for aiming besides their eyes.

For the iOS edition, AEK-971 is the primary weapon for both the Russian forces and the Latin American Militia. It has a 30-round magazine and 120 in reserve. Despite it being an assault rifle, it doesn't have an under-barrel grenade launcher.

Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

Unlocked at Level 3
Unlock cost 300 PF4 Credits (one day)

45,000 PF4 Credits (forever)

69 P4F Funds (one day)
179 P4F Funds (seven days)
499 P4F Funds (thirty days)
1,249 P4F Funds (forever)

Damage 30-19
Damage multipliers x 2.1 (head)
Magazine size 20 rounds
Starting ammunition 40 + 20 rounds
Maximum ammunition 84 + 28 rounds with High Capacity Mags
Reload time 4.3 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rounds per minute
Velocity 550 m/s
Range AEK971 Range BFP4F
Spread zoomed 0.36 - 0.88
Spread unzoomed 0.40 - 1.45
Firemodes Fully automatic
Kit P4F Assault Symbol Assault
Source of statistics Battlefield Play4Free Comparison Tools
Sound(s) Firing the AEK-971
Inventory slot Primary weapon
"The AEK-971 assault rifle has great damage dealing potential, especially over shorter ranges."
— In-game description

The AEK-971 is a weapon featured in Battlefield Play4Free as a purchasable weapon for the Assault Kit. It is one of the most common weapons seen in games due to the high damage and decent accuracy, as well as being one of the first fully automatic assault rifles in the game. The AEK-971 has above-average stats and performs well in close to medium range engagements.

The AEK-971 can be bought for 300 PF4 Credits for a day or 45,000 PF4 Credits to have forever with credits. It can also be bought for 69 P4F Funds for a day, 179 P4F Funds for a week, and 499 P4F Funds for a month with Play4Free Funds.

Battlefield 3Edit

Unlocked at 72,000 Assault score
Damage 25 - 18.4
Suppression 7.0%
Magazine size 30 + 1 rounds
Ammunition 5.45x39mm WP
Starting ammunition 124 + 31 rounds (MP)
Maximum ammunition 372 + 31 rounds (SP)
217 + 31 rounds (MP)
Reload time 2.55 seconds loaded
3.68 seconds empty
Rate of fire 900 RPM
Velocity 580m/s
Range Heavy Barrel

AEK-971 Range Chart HBAR BF3

Standard barrel BF3 AEK-971 Range

Suppressor AEK-971 Range Chart Suppressor BF3

Maximum range 870m
Recoil 0.2 up
0.5 left
0.3 right
First shot recoil multiplier 3.0x
Recoil descrease per second 18.0
Spread zoomed 0.3 (static)

1.0 (moving)

Spread unzoomed Standing: 2.5 (static) 3.0 (moving)
Crouching: 2.0 (static) 2.5 (moving)
Prone: 1.5 (static) 2.5 (moving)
Spread increase per bullet 0.1
Spread decrease per second 15.0
Firemodes Full-automatic
Three-rounds burst
Faction Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps (MP)
Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces (SP/MP)
Flag of IranIslamic Republic of Iran Army (SP)
People's Liberation and Resistance (SP)
Kit BF3 Assault Icon Assault
Dogtag(s) Proficiency
AEK971 Mastery
Source of statistics
Retrieved Nov. 24th, 2013
Inventory slot Main weapon
Unlocks PSO-1 (10 kills)
Heavy Barrel (20 kills)
Foregrip (30 kills)
Tactical Light (40 kills)
Kobra (50 kills)
Bipod (60 kills)
Suppressor (70 kills)
PKA-S (80 kills)
Laser Sight (90 kills)
IRNV (100 kills)
PKS-07 (125 kills)
PK-A (150 kills)
Flash Suppressor (175 kills)
ACOG (200 kills)
Reflex (235 kills)
Holographic (270 kills)
Rifle Scope (300 kills)
M145 (350 kills)
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Battlefield 3 AEK

"The AEK-971 was developed as a possible successor to the AK-74 series of Assault Rifles and features a unique recoil reduction system. The AEK-971’s high rate of fire makes it excellent in close quarters but difficult to control. Shooters should switch to Semi-Automatic or 3 Round Burst for longer ranges."
— Battlelog description

The AEK-971 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 3. It has somewhat changed in appearance compared to past counterparts. It now has a folding wire stock and a different handguard,(due to it being modeled on the production version instead of the prototype) with also an all black finish. It has a high rate of fire with open sights and moderate recoil. The reload animation of the AEK-971 is nearly identical to the AN-94, with the player hitting the magazine release with the new magazine.


It is seen widely during the campaign used by the Iranian and PLR forces, and is the starting weapon for Dima in Kaffarov after he opens the weapons cache. It is last seen in The Great Destroyer being used by PLR cell operatives.


It can rarely be found in the mission Hit and Run. It is most commonly found with a Tactical Light, but can also be found with a Kobra or PKA-S.


It is the fourth Assault Rifle unlocked at 60,000 Assault points. It has three firing modes; semi-automatic, burst and fully automatic. The weapon's very high rate of fire makes it most effective at close range, and has the lowest vertical recoil of all vanilla (pre-DLC) assault weapons. However, the high and unpredictable horizontal recoil combined with the high first shot recoil can make fully automatic fire difficult at medium to long range. The high rate of fire also causes the weapon to recoil and come off target rather quickly. This high rate of fire also makes it easy to empty the magazine quickly even on individual targets.

The AEK-971 also supports the Underslung Rail attachment which can be used to attach the M320 grenade launcher, which conjuncts into the GP-30. However, the rail cannot fit the M26 MASS shotgun to the rifle. This is because of its larger size than the M320.

Battlefield 4Edit

Bf4 aek971
Damage 24-18
Magazine size 30+1 rounds
Ammunition 5.45x39mm
Maximum ammunition 124+31 rounds (SP)
Reload time 2.3 seconds (loaded)
3.6 seconds (empty)
Rate of fire 900 rpm
Velocity 580 m/s
330 m/s (suppressed)
Range AR range
Maximum range 870 m
Recoil 0.38 up
0.15 left
0.4 right
First shot recoil multiplier 3x
Recoil descrease per second 18
Spread zoomed 0.2 (static)
1.0 (moving)
Spread unzoomed 3 hip, 2.5 crouch, 2 prone (static)
3.5 hip, 3 crouch, 2.5 prone (moving)
Spread increase per bullet 0.117
Spread decrease per second 15
Firemodes Fully-automatic
3-round burst
Kit BF4 Assault Icon Assault
Dogtag(s) Master Dog Tag: BF4 AEK-971 Master Dog Tag
Inventory slot Primary weapon
Unlocks Kobra (RDS) (10 kills)
Laser sight (20 kills)
Ergo Grip (30 kills)
Muzzle Brake (40 kills)
PSO-1 (4x) (50 kills)
Canted Ironsights (60 kills)
Angled Grip (70 kills)
Heavy Barrel (80 kills)
PK-A (3.4x) (90 kills)
Flash Light (100 kills)
Bipod (110 kills)
Compensator (120 kills)
PKA-S (1x) (130 kills)
Magnifier (2x) (140 kills)
Stubby Grip (150 kills)
Suppressor (160 kills)

The AEK-971 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 4. Its appearance and mechanics are very similar to its counterpart in Battlefield 3. The rate of fire remains at 900 rounds per minute (RPM), making the AEK-971 the second fastest-firing assault rifle right behind FAMAS at 1,000 RPM. Thus being an excellent choice at close range combat, but requiring shorter bursts when engaging targets at medium and long ranges. This weapon has a somewhat slow reload time compared to other Assault Rifles, so one should consider where and when to reload, as to not be killed during a firefight due to the longer reload.

The iron sights are unchanged from Battlefield 3. As opposed to its Battlefield 3 variant, the AEK-971 now has a green handguard similar to its Bad Company counterpart. It can mount an underbarrel grenade launcher but not the M26 MASS.


The AEK-971 can be found as a collectible in Tashgar. It is found resting against green crates on top of the first concrete building in the field after exiting the tunnel.  It is equipped with a PKA-S, Magnifier, Heavy Barrel, and Potato Grip. It sports an Atomic Naval finish.


The AEK-971 unlocks the Russian attachments, and can only acquire the US and Chinese variants through Battlepacks.



  • A gold plated AEK-971 can be seen in President Serdar's palace.
  • In Battlefield: Bad Company 2 if a player equips the Red Dot Sight or 4X Rifle Scope on the AEK-971 as well as the 40mm Shotgun and switches to the shotgun attachment, the attached optic will disappear. It will reappear when the player switches back, however.
  • The AEK-971 has the most open sights out of any assault rifle in both Battlefield: Bad Company as well as Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
  • The Play4Free version of the AEK-971 shows the AEK-971's rear iron sight as much further away from the wielder's face than in Bad Company 2, similar to the difference between the iron sights of the M416 and G3 in the latter game.
  • The AEK-971 received in the Battlefield 3 mission Kaffarov oddly has both the laser and tactical flashlight equipped at the same time. When toggled, both turn on and off at the same time.
  • After the patch for Battlefield 3, when the AEK-971 has the GP-30 equipped, the hand that holds the underbarrel grenade launcher will not be shown touching the grenade launcher until you switch to the GP-30 and back.
  • The AEK-971 shares its reload animation with the AN-94 in Battlefield 3.
  • The AEK-971 in Battlefield 3 despite being modeled on the production version has the pick up icon modeled on the protoypes seen in previous games.
  • The Render of the Russian Assault in Battlelog has a full stock as used in the pick up icon compared to the wire stock used in game.


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