|Full name||Avtomat Kalashnikova Skladnoy (Automatic Kalashnikov, Folding) 1974 Ukorochennyj (Shortened)|
|Country of origin||Soviet Union|
|Manufacturer||Tula Arms factory, Izhmash|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Takahashi Haruka|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR|
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How to obtain
NORMALHEAVY Not craftable.
DROP Not obtainable as a drop.
REWARD Rewarded to players upon completion of E2-9 of Continuum Turbulence, cannot be re/obtained otherwise.
There is no exclusive equipment for this T-Doll.
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Note that AKS-74U is classified as a Short Barrel Carbine in real life by all definitions, but due to unnameable reasons from MICA Team AKS-74U appears as a SMG class T-Doll in game. Designation AK-74U would mean the short barrel AK-74 but with a fixed stock, AKS-74 is the foldable triangular shoulder stock version of AK-74 which AKS-74U was developed from, the T-Doll in game is holding an AKS-74U and her actual in game character ID is also AKS-74U. This section of the article will be referring this weapon as AKS-74U, while the rest of the article will refer the weapon as AK-74U since it is the in game display name for the doll. It is unsure whether this was made intentional or simply a mistake from MICA team.
Following the development of .223 Calibre intermediate rifle cartridge and the service of 5.56x45mm NATO in Vietnam War in 1961, the Union demanded the development of their own intermediate assault rifle cartridge. The outcome was the 5.45x39mm Soviet cartridge, finished in the early 1970s, many rifle designs were submitted to chamber this new calibre of ammunition. In the end the conventional rechambered AKM design submitted by Mikhail Kalashnikov was chosen by the Union, AK-74 became the new standard service rifle for both the Union itself and its Warsaw Pact allies. Under the pressure of the Cold War, variants of AK-74 were quickly developed during the arms race against NATO, one of the more successful outcome was AKS-74U, the compact short barrel carbine variant.
U in the designation stands for Shortened while the S indicates the installed foldable stock, AKS-74U is a short barrel version of AKS-74, various design features allows the U variant to be as compact as most modern SMGs while packing the firepower of an 5.45 calibre intermediate rifle cartridge, U variants measures as short as 735mm (490mm with the shoulder stock folded). Barrel length of the weapon reduced by about half, from 415mm reduced down to 210mm, gas chamber is moved back and gas piston rod also cut down in size to compensate for the weapon size. Reduced size mechanism still operates the rifle in the same way, AKS-74U is still gas operated, rotating bolt action. The rifle itself feeds from the AK-74 or RPK-74 issue 5.45 magazines and is capable of 700-735 rounds per minute cyclic rate of fire.
Shortened barrel reduced the effective firing range of the weapon down to around 200 metres, accurate fire around 300-400 metres are considered difficult. Due to the range shortage the U variant were not designed for main army combatants, instead it was developed as a compact rifle calibre weapon for Spetsnatz and law enforcement units who are more likely to enter close quarter combat. Reduced barrel length also meant the rifle hand guard itself is no longer able to equip the typical GP series of underslung grenade launchers of AK-74, instead some units have access to a special 30mm silenced grenade launcher model named BS-1 "Tishina". The launcher itself requires requires special blank cartridges to launch the grenades, blank cartridges are stored in the magazine located inside the launcher's pistol grip while the 30mm grenade feeds from the launcher barrel breech.
Standard issue models of AKS-74U are manufactured with wooden hand guard piece, aiming of the weapon relies purely on iron sights. Specialized models and later modernized models can be found with accessory rails for modernized equipment compatibility. Manufacturing of AKS-74U stopped in 1993, however since a large quantity of the rifle were manufactured, it is still in service in various branches of the modern Russian army and law enforcement units, broken down units of AKS-74U are replaced by the new generation 5.45mm calibre short barrel carbine AK-105. AKS-74U also inspired many Soviet/modern Russian weapon designs, notably the TsKIB SOO OTs-12 Tiss and OTs-14 Groza.
A T-Doll around 145-150cm of body height, AK-74U has messy short blonde hair spiked up in random directions. Her sense of fashion appears very modern, with the outfit consisting of loose hoody, sports boots, waist belt with bags and her sports earphones. On top of that she is also carrying the modernized/later produced model of AKS-74U, evident from the glass-reinforced polyamide made hand-guard.
Like all other T-Dolls developed by Infukun under his true artist alias 音符, it is unlikely that he shared any inspirations or comment on the character design, one can assume that he was inspired while sitting on the toilet.
- The SMG classification of this T-Doll is likely for the same reason as SMG G36C, a weapon as compact as an SMG while filling a similar role, together with the idea of keeping the game balance in mind; since the game already has a lot of AR type T-Dolls, the decision of releasing AK-74U as an SMG-type T-Doll was made by MICA team.
- AK-74U's release was hinted as early as July 2016. When T-Doll AR 9A-91 was first released in CN DSky/BiliBili servers, 9A mentioned a "74-chan" in her secretary lines, thought to be either AK-74 or AKS-74U. At last, AK-74U was announced in July/August 2018, together with the 2018 summer event Continuum Turbulence.
- Much like other T-Dolls voiced before the 3rd batch of added CVs, AK-74U also lacks a voiced post-OATH secretary line. Even before her release, one can find the role "AK-74U of Girls' Frontline" on CV Takahashi Haruka's production profile. Combining these evidences, AK-74U was speculated to have been voiced before the third batch, but was just never released then.
- Wikipedia entry on 5.45×39mm Soviet
- Wikipedia entry on AK-74 variant—AKS-74U
- Modern Firearms entry on AKS-74U
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