Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Kalashnikov turns 89, a 'happy man' for creating AK-47

Mikhail Kalashnikov.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Nov 10, 2008
Legendary former Russian general Mikhail Kalashnikov, who celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday, said he was a "truly happy man" for having created the iconic assault rifle bearing his name.

"I think I am a truly happy man. I created a weapon for the defence of my country and it continues to serve this cause and develop," Kalashnikov was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti news agency.

While the Kalashnikov rifle has become the weapon of choice by dozens of armies and guerrillas around the world, the World War II veteran has barely profited financially from the AK-47.

Born in a Siberian village on November 10, 1919, Kalashnikov had a tragic childhood during which his father was deported under Stalin in 1930.

Wounded during combat in 1941, Kalashnikov started working on his rifle in 1947, driven to design by Soviet defeats in the early years of World War II at the hands of far better armed German soldiers.

The Kalashnikov quickly became prized for its sturdy reliability in difficult field conditions.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

TenCate Presents New Lightweight Composite Armour Solution
Rotterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 10, 2008
On Thursday November 6, 2008 during the NIVD - the Symposium and Exhibition for Defence and Security in Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands - TenCate Advanced Armour is presenting a new armour solution in lightweight composite for vehicle protection.

  • France trumpets EU defences, key plank for NATO future
  • Rice, Lavrov hold direct talks on US-Russia relations
  • Outside View: Obama bad news for Russia
  • Swords and Shields: Arctic ambitions

  • Israel urges Biden not to go soft on Iran, Hamas
  • NKorea ready to improve ties with US: pro-Pyongyang newspaper
  • US And Russia Conduct Secret Research On New Nukes
  • US And NKorea Talk As Obama And Beijing Begin Discourse

  • Vandenberg Officials Launch Minuteman III Missile
  • USAF Awards Raytheon Contract Option For Maverick Missile Upgrades
  • Raytheon Awarded Contract For Standard Missile-2 Production
  • NKorean base could handle longer-range missile: SKorean minister

  • Russia Offers Missile Crisis As Welcoming Gambit To Next US Admin
  • NATO voices 'serious worries' about Russian missile plans
  • Russian missile proposal 'disappointing,' US says
  • Japan Eyes Own Early Warning Satellite

  • China's air show saw four bln dollars in deals: report
  • China plane-makers take first steps to rival global giants
  • Aviation giants look to China amid global turbulence
  • Boeing sees China buying 3,710 planes over next 20 years

  • Honeywell Wins First Production Contract For T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle
  • Aurora Wins USAF Contract On Vision-Based MAV Guidance
  • Successful Live-Fire Testing Of Shadow TUAS
  • DCNS Achieves Automatic UAV Landing On Frigate

  • Iraq's cabinet expected to meet on US pact as deadline looms
  • US combat troops in Iraq battle to defend savings
  • Dogs of War: Contractors and Obama
  • Iraq UN Ambassador Expects Little On The Ground Change With Obama

  • Kalashnikov turns 89, a 'happy man' for creating AK-47
  • TenCate Presents New Lightweight Composite Armour Solution
  • Boeing Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of First Avenger Delivery To US Army
  • Raytheon To Modernize F-15E Radar

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement