On December 23, Russian media said the father of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, Mikhail Timofeyvich Kalashnikov, died at the age of 94 due to illness in Izhevsk, East of Moscow.
Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov was born in Western Siberia, on November 1919. In 1938, he joined the Soviet Red Army in World War II as a weapons designer. He is most famous for developing the AK-47 assault rifle, as well as the AKM and AK-74 assault rifles.
Kalashnikov AK design 47 assault rifles have been modified to serve the armed forces of more than 100 countries in the world. The legendary submachine gun he designed is known as one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century.
Kalashnikov passed away after years battling cardiac and intestinal problems. The government plans to hold a special tribute to Kalashnikov, but no date has been set yet.
The Kremlin paid tribute to Mikhail Timofeevich Kalashnikov as the inventor of the eponymous assault rifle that swept the 20th Century’s war zones.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed “deep condolences to the family and friends of Mikhail Kalashnikov following his death.
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Kalashnikov is a patriot who should serve as an example for all citizens of Russia./.