The RPK-16 is a 5.45mm brand new light machine gun which is expected to take over the role of its predecessor, the RPK-74, in the Russian Armed Forces thanks to its groundbreaking features.
What striking first and foremost is that this machine gun is equipped with a sniper sight and a barrel silencer and is capable of firing single shots, which is absolutely surprising for the type of a weapon known for strong recoil and meant for firing long bursts.
During the dynamic demonstration, a shooter armed with an RPK-16 equally easily eliminated targets with both long bursts and single shots, using the record-light 4kg-machinegun as a sniper rifle in the latter case. The engineers created a truly cross-functional weapon, Andrei Kirisenko, an adviser to the Kalashnikov CEO explained to Sputnik while bullets were hitting targets a dozen meters away.
"The RPK-16 machine gun was designed primarily for Spetsnaz, paratroopers and other rapid reaction forces who need a universal, compact and light weapon for accomplishing different tasks."
The bipod-based machine gun has two types of magazines: a 30-round curved magazine and a new 96-round drum. Its construction enables a long barrel (when the RPK-16 is applied as a machinegun) and a short barrel (in the event it is used as an assault weapon). It has a rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute and an accuracy range of 800 meters. It can fire any rounds compatible with an AK-74 or RPK-74.
AK12 or AK15: Enhanced Ergonomics and Density of Hits for Russian Army
Apart from the machine gun, the Kalashnikov Concern presented two assault rifles, the 5.45mm AK12 and the 7.62mm AK15, which are contesting the right to replace the tried-and-true 5.45mm AK-74M in the Russian Army. They both have a rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute, which is 50 rounds faster than that of the AK-74M. The accuracy range of two new assault rifles is measured at 800 meters.
- AK-15 and AK-12© Sputnik / Vasily Raksha
- AK-12© Sputnik / Vasily Raksha
- AK-15© Sputnik / AK-12
In contrast with older AK assault rifles, the AK12 and AK15 brandish a Picatinny rail for various devices, a telescopic-type buttstock, and a pistol-type grip; several changes were made to the magazine-opening cover, foregrip, and gas tube. These modifications noticeably ratcheted up the weapons' grouping of shots and ergonomics.
The Army-2016 international military-technical exposition is taking place in the Moscow Region on September 6-11.