Arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has released an updated version of the RPK-74 Soviet light machine gun, the RPK-16, as shown in footage from Izhevsk released on 24 January.

The updated design boasts an interchangeable barrel for close quarter and long-range combat.

The 4-kilogram, 5.45-calibre weapon has a rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute. It is expected to be adopted by the Russian armed forces sometime this year.

 

 

Video credit: KALASHNIKOV.MEDIA

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Moomin troll
2019-02-01 06:32

Ill take 12 so im ready for the revolution! Oh and atleast 3 of those drum mags to go with each!!!

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-02-26 18:31
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LOL. Russia should better resurect the TSNII TochMash’s “6 mm Unified” program that was closed due to lack of funding, mid-90’s

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-02-26 18:37
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

TochMash produced a replacement to PKM twice as accurate with a 1500m range. the 6x49mm caliber was intended to replace 5.45x39ru, 7.62x39ru and 7.62x54ru for all Russian riffles and light/medium machineguns
Here : 5.45x39ru; 6x49ru and 7.62x54ru :
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Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-02-26 19:32
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Another option, since Kalashnikov now also produces 5.56NATO versions of most of their weapons, would be to use .243WSSM which was created to allow serious game hunting using the most common carbine in the USA, AR-15 (civilian M-16) by just replacing the barrel and bolt group. In both cases, you end with serious range and accuracy improvements over 5.45x39ru, 7.62x39ru; 7.62x54ru; 7.62x51NATO and 5.56x45NATO allowing also to abandon many types of weapons for a single one and also greatly improving logistics and maintenance. Another interesting point : with armies giving up with the habitual NATO and Russian calibers, it will… Read more »