Mikhail Kalashnikov with gun
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Russian army stops buying Kalashnikovs

29 September 2011 Last updated at 02:33 BST

The Russian army says it is halting orders of the famous Kalashnikov assault rifle until a newer model is developed by its manufacturer.

Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov told Russian media that the army already had too many of the weapons in its stores.

A new model is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

News of the army's decision is reportedly being kept from the rifle's designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, now 91. Janey Mitchell reports.