The Kalashnikov AK-12 (formerly АK-200) is the newest derivative of the Soviet/Russian AK-47 series of assault rifles and was proposed for possible general issue to the Russian Army. As of December 2014, the Russian military has adopted both the AK-12 and the AEK-971 for evaluation.
The AK-12 features semi-automatic, three-round burst (1000 RPM) and automatic (680 RPM) firing modes. The AK-12 has interchangeable barrels and can fire a variety of cartridges.
In singleplayer, the AK-12 is used by the Russian Ground Forces as its standard assault rifle. It can be found in Baku and Tashgar off of dead Russian soldiers. It comes equipped with a PKA-S, Magnifier, Heavy Barrel, and Folding Grip, as well as sporting ERDL Woodland paint.
It is a fairly balanced weapon, having low-moderate recoil and decent fire rate. The AK-12 has slight tendency to drift left, which is helped by equipping the Compensator attachment, as it makes the recoil profile straighter upwards, at the cost of increased spread per shot. If the player can control the additional recoil, a Heavy Barrel is recommended to improve accuracy. Its lower fire rate of 680 can maintain its controllable recoil but may be a hindrance in extreme close quarters combat, as it can be easily beaten out by some of the faster firing Assault Rifles and PDWs. The AK-12 unlocks Russian attachments, with US and Chinese attachments only attainable through Battlepacks.
The AK-12, along with the AKU-12, has a unique feature in which using the "burst" fire mode increases its firerate considerably, to 750 RPM from 680 RPM. This can benefit the player to fire faster at close-medium range, or to tighten shot placement over range.
- The AK-12 was one of two assault rifles that appeared in the Battlefield 4 Beta, the other being the SCAR-H.
- During the Beta, 100 kills with the AK-12 awarded the SG553 Mastery Dog Tag.
- The AK-12 originally had 1000 RPM in its three-round burst mode during the Beta, this was reduced to 750 RPM in the final release for balancing reasons.
- The underhand technique is used to cock the weapon from the right side, despite the fact that this AK-12 model is ambidextrous and could have been simply cocked from the left.