Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47 automatic rifle passed away on Monday at the age of 94, reveal sources.
Kalashnikov has designed the assault weapon that was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow's proud military past.
According to News24, Kalashnikov had been honoured with the prestigious Hero of Russia prize for designing the iconic rifle.
The name 'AK-47' stands for "Kalashnikov's Automatic" and the year it was designed, 1947.
Wounded during a combat in 1941, Kalashnikov designed his rifle in 1947, driven by Soviet defeats in the early years of World War II at the hands of far better armed German soldiers.