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    Val Silent assault rifles have been put into service with the Russian Central Military District's reconnaissance units stationed in Siberia.

    The Russian Central Military District's reconnaissance units based in Siberia have been issued with Val assault rifles featuring an integrated suppressor, Russia's Ria Novosti news agency reported.

    The Val silent assault rifle with a 1PN52-1 night sight.
    © Sputnik / Vladimir Akimov
    The Val silent assault rifle with a 1PN52-1 night sight.

    "The 9-millimeter AS Val (Shaft) assault rifles equipped with an integrated suppressor have been put into service with reconnaissance troops of the Russian Central Military District stationed in Siberia," the district's press service said.

    Developed in the late 1980s, the Val features 9-millimeter SP-5 and SP-6 sniper bullets that can pierce through 3-grade armor vests and soft-skinned vehicles.

    The assault rifle weighs in at 2.5 kilograms and can fire off 20 rounds from a single magazine.

    In addition, the Val is equipped with a sighting device that is capable of changing the assault rifle's effective range up to 400 meters, as well as a special bar for fixing day and night optical sights.

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    optical sight, armor vest, vehicles, bullets, assault rifle, reconnaissance units, Russia
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