Russian Army will use new RPK-16 light machine gun
- February 16, 2018
The Kalashnikov Concern of Rostec State Corporation and the Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract for the delivery of the latest 5.45mm RPK-16 machine guns. There is no explanation about the order and the contract price.
The RPK-16 was unveiled during Army-2016, the International Military Technical Forum. The RPK-16 Based on traditional Kalashnikov layout and design.
A 95-catridge magazine was designed for the weapon which is compatible with Kalashnikov rifle. The machinegun fires single shots and short bursts to a distance of 600 meters and long bursts and uninterrupted fire – 300 meters. The fire rate is 700 shots per minute. The weapon weighs 4.5kg which is only half a kilo heavier than standard AK-74M. It is a modern light machine gun chambered in 5.45x39mm caliber. The RPK-16 has a maximum range of 800 m.