In Russia, the state tests of the Chukavin sniper rifle, which will replace the Dragunov sniper rifle in the troops, have been completed, the results are being documented, the Kalashnikov group of companies said.
“The state tests of the Chukavin sniper rifle, which will replace the Dragunov sniper rifle in the troops, have been completed with a positive result. At present, the results of the tests are being documented, after which a decision is expected to adopt a new rifle complex into service,” Kalashnikov said.
Earlier, the company noted that the Chukavin sniper rifle (codename “Reaper”) is part of a new generation of rifles. It should ensure the elimination of single targets with the first shot at a distance of up to a kilometer.
For the first time the rifle was presented at the “Army-2017” exhibition.
The semi-automatic rifle complex is designed for two cartridges – a domestic rifle cartridge 7.62 x 54R millimeters and a NATO cartridge 7.62 x 51.
The mass of the gun without cartridges is 4.6 kilograms, the length, depending on the version, is up to 115 centimeters, the magazine capacity is 10 rounds.
The Dragunov, currently the main sniper rifle in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, was put into service back in 1963. The rifle is self-loading and is powered by cartridges 7.62 x 54R. It is easy to learn and operate and has high reliability, but it no longer meets modern requirements in terms of the range of destruction of targets with one shot.
The Russian Armed Forces have been actively updating their small arms in recent years. So, modern AK-12 complexes are being supplied to replace Kalashnikov assault rifles. The pilots will be armed with PPK-20 submachine guns; next year, serial deliveries of the Udav pistol will begin to replace the Makarov pistol.
Additionally, the RPL-20 light machine gun is also being tested.
In addition, Kalashnikov began developing a “smart” assault rifle that will use artificial intelligence to assist the user in target acquisition, aiming and shooting.
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