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Kalashnikov light machine gun with tape ammunition - RPL-20 5,45 mm

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The exhibition within the framework of the international forum "Army-2020" turned out to be rich in novelties. Among others - new items in the field of small arms weapons, including machine guns.


One of the novelties presented at the exhibition was the Kalashnikov light machine gun with ammunition feed belt, which deserves special attention. This is RPL-20. The caliber of the presented small arms is 5,45x39 mm.

The belt of the RPL-20 light machine gun is attached through a special receiving window, while being in a special pouch. The model presented at the exhibition is equipped with an optical aiming system, has a folding stock, which, as reported, is comfortable when firing while ready, both lying and standing.

A specialist from the Kalashnikov concern notes that such a machine gun has minimal recoil, which is important when firing intensively.

A detailed description of the RPL-20 with its capabilities and characteristics in the story on the YouTube channel Lazarev Tactical:

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  1. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 1 September 2020 16: 29
    +4
    Already the third article about this machine gun. To secure
    1. marchcat
      marchcat 1 September 2020 16: 42
      +2
      Why, I don’t understand that he is being praised so unrestrainedly? Report to someone or something7
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 1 September 2020 17: 08
        +1
        Maybe Kalashnikov sponsors ...
      2. Insurgent
        Insurgent 1 September 2020 17: 32
        +8
        Quote: marchcat
        Why, I don’t understand that he is being praised so unrestrainedly? Report to someone or something7


        Quote: Zaurbek
        Maybe Kalashnikov sponsors ...


        And here is information about Kovrov's "Kord 5,45" with universal tape-shop supply ( note, the tape chambered for 5,45x39 already existed for this model at least in 2018), for some reason they stubbornly keep silent ...



        COMPETITION?
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 1 September 2020 18: 51
          +2
          "Kord" - machine gun of the Kovrov plant named after Degtyareva; RPL-20 - Kalashnikov concern. Who has a more powerful lobby to push their sample to speak to?
          Or, how the freshly baked "Boa constrictor" "crawled" into service, furnishing the already run-in and partially adopted structures along the way.
          Not so much competition as lobbying of someone's interests by certain groups, not free of charge, of course. Capitalism. request
          1. Insurgent
            Insurgent 1 September 2020 19: 58
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            Quote: Sea Cat
            Not so much competition as lobbying of someone's interests by certain groups, not free of charge, of course. Capitalism.

            If you wish, then selection COMPETITION? - it's irony...
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 1 September 2020 20: 00
              +1
              Yeah ... It would be funny if it weren't so sad.
              1. Insurgent
                Insurgent 1 September 2020 20: 02
                +1
                Quote: Sea Cat
                Yeah ... It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

                Grimaces yes as you wrote - capitalism ...
          2. Quadro
            Quadro 2 September 2020 02: 03
            +3
            Quote: Sea Cat
            "Kord" - machine gun of the Kovrov plant named after Degtyareva; RPL-20 - Kalashnikov concern. Who has a more powerful lobby to push their sample to speak to?
            Or, how the freshly baked "Boa constrictor" "crawled" into service, furnishing the already run-in and partially adopted structures along the way.
            Not so much competition as lobbying of someone's interests by certain groups, not free of charge, of course. Capitalism. request

            They also forgot about the poor AK-12. When they specially gave time to fine-tune this trash, despite the fact that the a-545 won. And at the exit we got a collective farm ak-74 with a pipe from the mka. And also an interesting price for trash, which was also promoted everywhere. Ak-74m costs somewhere in 150-200 dollars, and trash-12 in 1450. Surprisingly true?
            1. Boris Chernikov
              Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 02
              0
              recall the price of the A-545?
          3. Boris Chernikov
            Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 01
            0
            are these for example?
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 3 September 2020 12: 11
              0
              Polished, partially cut and predominantly green.
              1. Boris Chernikov
                Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 23
                0
                laughing what always amuses me in our people .. it is when something appears instead of "well, you need to look to think" are divided into two camps .. either "wow, cool" or "fuu, drank, corruption" .. hi
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 3 September 2020 12: 35
                  0
                  "well, you need to look to think"

                  Have you seen enough? smile And what about the eternal question "who is to blame and what to do"? No, well, who's to blame has long been clear: Zhidomassons, liberals, arrogant, reptilians and the world behind the scenes. And what to do? Around "wow, solid twist" mixed with "fu drank", so what is there to "think" about if some are satisfied with everything, and for some reason others are not very good. Any ideas? hi
                  1. Boris Chernikov
                    Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 16: 55
                    0
                    they showed a prototype of a weapon, if it is reliable, then it will go to the army, to special forces and all sorts of intelligence ... in theory it can replace the RPK-74 ... while there is no reliability to speak in fact, there is nothing ... well, but about the universal reloading, for me it's so heresy .. no one basically uses it .. why? because from the point of view of the PKK weapons, in any case, this is a long machine gun and if I equipped a magazine, then it's easier for me to shoot it with a machine gun than to listen to it in ten seconds shouts about "I need a new store" .. I personally have one question - will the tape from the RPL-20 be equipped manually in the field ..
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 3 September 2020 17: 15
                      0
                      So there are loose links, what to equip? Now, if I'm not mistaken, chargers exist only for "fifty dollars".
                      1. Boris Chernikov
                        Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 17: 21
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                        what kind of tape is there, it is not yet clear, because it was not shown at all ... taking into account the requirements for creating a garbage truck for equipping the belts, they should not be loose there, such a tape did not take root with us, it will most likely be a la pieces of 25 rounds .. As Onoko said, many questions, for example, the same tape had to be created from scratch, but I don’t see a problem with the equipment .. it’s banal to calculate everything correctly
                      2. Catfish
                        Catfish 3 September 2020 17: 51
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                        Yes, they will cope with such a "trifle".
                      3. Boris Chernikov
                        Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 22: 09
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                        well .. let's hope, after all, we need to work the scheme and set up production .. by the way ... I personally would not be very surprised if after the PKM our fighters ask for box bags for 300-400 rounds ..
                      4. Catfish
                        Catfish 3 September 2020 22: 21
                        +2
                        "There are never too many cartridges." - An old truth. wink
                      5. cat Rusich
                        cat Rusich 5 September 2020 23: 25
                        +1
                        Boris, everything is already invented
                        Scorpion ammunition system
                        The Scorpion ammunition system for 550 rounds of 7,62x54Rmm 2014, for 5,45x39mm is already somewhere under 800 rounds.
                      6. Boris Chernikov
                        Boris Chernikov 7 September 2020 10: 46
                        -1
                        I'm aware) thanks
  • svp67
    svp67 1 September 2020 18: 58
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    Quote: Insurgent
    note, the tape chambered for 5,45x39 already existed for this model at least in 2018

    The RPL has a plastic one ...
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 1 September 2020 20: 01
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      The RPL has a plastic one ...

      request Attention! yes I have not yet met such information, and honestly, I cannot evaluate all +/- this or that solution from Izhevsk or Kovrov
      1. svp67
        svp67 2 September 2020 08: 57
        0
        Quote: Insurgent
        Attention!

        Already 100% ... The team tape, by the type of aviation, is assembled from separate plastic links, even already managed to get into the report ...
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 2 September 2020 09: 00
          0
          Quote: svp67
          Prefabricated tape, of the aviation type, is assembled from separate plastic links

          That is, a "loose" tape, as you write by the type of aviation, such as is accepted in the US small arms?
          To be honest, I don't like this option, once a practice No.
    2. Boris Chernikov
      Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 02
      0
      only a charging machine was not developed for this belt
  • senima56
    senima56 2 September 2020 11: 01
    0
    Yes, it's a shame that such an interesting development of the Kovrovites is being hushed up! As if someone decided long ago and for good: "Kalashnikov" for all time! "I am not against" Kalashnikov ", but competition must be fair and healthy!
    1. bunta
      bunta 2 September 2020 17: 55
      -4
      And no one hides this development. It just doesn't work! :) And it never will.
  • Boris Chernikov
    Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 00
    -1
    Everything is simpler .. Turner-2 was blown away for a long time .. too complicated, too heavy .. In this case, KK simply cheated and made a clean handbrake on the tape
  • smart ass
    smart ass 3 September 2020 12: 06
    0
    I thought on the basis of the machine gun they would create an autonomous module with auto-aiming to guard important objects, but here again the Middle Ages
  • Vitaly Tsymbal
    Vitaly Tsymbal 1 September 2020 16: 43
    12
    When this machine gun passes through "water, fire and copper pipes", and even in the hands of a private "Bezbaldy Baldyev", then there will be no need to advertise. RPK and PK are "classics of the genre" seasoned in battles, and the new RPL is still only an advertised PRODUCT. God grant that he would become a worthy successor to the glory of the aforementioned PKK and PK.
    1. Ragnar Lodbrok
      Ragnar Lodbrok 1 September 2020 17: 21
      12
      Quote: Vitaly Tsymbal
      and even in the hands of a private "Bezbaldy Baldyev"

  • Legionista
    Legionista 1 September 2020 17: 24
    +2
    It seems to me too early to compare the show piece with the production model, in this case the MINIMI. Well, if you compare, then it is more correct to name the numbers). MINIMI weight - 6,85kg, PARA version - 6,56kg.
    "Belgian" food - magazine (30 rounds); ribbon (200-100) in a soft case. second interchangeable barrel included.
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 1 September 2020 17: 50
      +1
      Quote: Legionista
      "Belgian" food - magazine (30 rounds); ribbon (200-100) in a soft case. second interchangeable barrel included.


      Both the RPL-20 and its Russian competitor Kord-5,45 also have interchangeable barrels, but trouble - not quick change like FN Minimi ...

      What are the designers (and the military customer) thinking?
      1. IS-80_RVGK2
        IS-80_RVGK2 2 September 2020 09: 57
        -3
        Quote: Insurgent
        What are the designers (and the military customer) thinking?

        They think that instead of a useless piece of iron, it is better to take an extra BC of the same weight. But the sofa machine gunners need a set of one hundred barrels, otherwise they will not fight.
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 2 September 2020 10: 05
          +3
          Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
          sofa machine gunners need a set of one hundred barrels otherwise they will not fight

          I was not so couchish until the end of 2019 ...
          I had to hustle both the PKK and PK (M) ...
          And when in the chamber of the PK (M) during the battle the bottom of the sleeve breaks (collided twice, and on different machine guns), one can only hope for a replaceable barrel, or pray ...
          And the fact that there is no one to carry the barrel, or the ammunition, so at the PK must be the second calculation number (in the state of NM DNR there is no request ).
          1. IS-80_RVGK2
            IS-80_RVGK2 2 September 2020 10: 55
            -6
            That is, two times for the entire time. Your statistics only confirm what I said.
            1. Insurgent
              Insurgent 2 September 2020 11: 09
              +4
              Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
              That is, two times for the entire time. Your statistics only confirm what I said.

              You will read the PC (M) manual on troubleshooting first, and you will see that firing delays due to a broken case bottom are not so rare.
              To eliminate these, gunsmiths even have special extractors.
              In the field, we simply changed the barrel for another, and then, in a calmer environment, "using folk remedies" would pick out and knock out the remains of the cartridge case from the chamber.

              And the "statistician", at least once, if we hadn't had a trunk, would have forced us to retreat, or even run quickly. And he could have stayed there, cool down ...
      2. Boris Chernikov
        Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 03
        0
        well, you can simply thicken the barrel and get the same result
  • JD1979
    JD1979 1 September 2020 17: 29
    +1
    Something in the commercial somehow bypasses the loading process, namely, feeding a new tape. It seems to me that not everything is smooth and beautiful there. Yes, and they are silent about the presence of dual power supply as a minimum. If so, then this unit will remain in the commercials of the concern. But it is easier)) higher, stronger, but this is not accurate)
    1. novel66
      novel66 1 September 2020 17: 41
      -3
      not stronger, the cartridge is not the same
    2. Insurgent
      Insurgent 1 September 2020 17: 59
      +3
      Quote: JD1979
      they are silent about the presence of dual power supply as at least

      On RPL-20 from Kalashnikov, there is no universal power supply, it is available from Kovrov's "Kord-5,45", video above.
      1. Boris Chernikov
        Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 04
        0
        the problem is that the need for a universal power supply has not yet been proven
  • novel66
    novel66 1 September 2020 17: 41
    -7
    but not small caliber for a machine gun ?? somehow childish
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 1 September 2020 18: 02
      0
      Quote: novel xnumx
      but not small caliber for a machine gun ?? somehow childish

      Quote: Alex_You
      Why do you need a belt-fed machine gun under 5.45?

      A light machine gun with a belt (or even better with a combined power supply, like a competitor to the RPL-20, Kovrov's "Kord 5,45") is good in assault operations.
      1. IS-80_RVGK2
        IS-80_RVGK2 2 September 2020 10: 00
        -6
        Quote: Insurgent
        with combined food

        Excess weight and work through the stump deck as if it were a minimum.
        Quote: Insurgent
        good at assault operations.

        In assault operations, the RPK-16 will be good when it is brought to mind.
  • Alex_You
    Alex_You 1 September 2020 17: 41
    -3
    Why do you need a belt-fed machine gun under 5.45?
    1. IS-80_RVGK2
      IS-80_RVGK2 2 September 2020 10: 01
      -3
      Quote: Alex_You
      Why do you need a belt-fed machine gun under 5.45?

      Domestic shkolotrony want a toy like imported shkolotrony.
  • bunta
    bunta 2 September 2020 07: 06
    0
    Quote: Alex_You
    Why do you need a belt-fed machine gun under 5.45?

    The only sober question is a comment! The senselessness of such a machine gun was realized at the "Poplin" stage back in the 70s. The tape was attached after the 96-round magazine in the RPK-16 proved to be unreliable. It was immediately clear that such a store would not work reliably. So Kalashnikov completely abandoned the drum magazine in the RPK-74. Now here is the tape, why ?!
    1. Note
      Note 2 September 2020 15: 52
      0
      I agree. A completely unnecessary and even harmful innovation. All with an eye to the west. And what about the store for the RPK 16 for 96 rounds, the scheme is really not entirely successful and efficient. Of course, if we looked a little into the history of our weapons, our creators of this store would have enough patience, imagination to copy the feeding scheme from the PPSh disk, for 70 rounds, which is quite enough for a light support weapon.
    2. Boris Chernikov
      Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 10
      0
      Well, maybe because no one with tambourines is now serving from the word at all? and the special forces with intelligence want themselves exactly what a light machine gun?
  • Maxim364364
    Maxim364364 2 September 2020 08: 42
    0
    As a niche machine, it will do quite well, but with all the richness of choice, it is preferable to PKM from a mob warehouse or Pecheneg, if it's completely in color, you can't argue with 7,62.
    1. Boris Chernikov
      Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 17
      0
      provided that it is 2 kg heavier only in the body of the machine gun ... the mass is 7,62 by 54 -22 grams ... therefore the ammunition load of 600 rounds we have a mass of ammunition of 13,2 kg ... 600 rounds 5,45 (the mass of a cartridge is 10,3 , 6,2 gr) - 8 kg ... the difference taking into account the body weight of the machine gun and BC = XNUMX kg ... either the fighter will get tired less, or he will be able to take more BC with the same training ... and here, by the way, the ammunition supply system a la Scorpio may well justify itself
  • Nikolay Dyaglev
    Nikolay Dyaglev 3 September 2020 10: 35
    0
    The capacity of the tape is 100 rounds !!! There are also drum-type magazines for the PKK for 80 rounds. And the rate of fire is the same and you can reload the store much faster than the tape and there is no need to buy new weapons and the money saved on the Armata can be used)))) is possible. I don't see the point in my invention, if only to put a PC instead of an armored vehicle?
    1. Boris Chernikov
      Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 12: 17
      0
      but is there a drum for 200 rounds? .. By the way, I advise you to carry drum magazines with you .. you will "like it" .. and equip them too)
      1. Nikolay Dyaglev
        Nikolay Dyaglev 3 September 2020 19: 56
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        And what do you think the tape for 250 rounds with a box is much lighter? Or are you 250 rounds in a couple of seconds with one left foot gear? And how are you going to reload the tape on the fly, this is a light machine gun, which means everything is on the go?
        1. Boris Chernikov
          Boris Chernikov 3 September 2020 22: 11
          0
          tambourines have too much dead weight in relation to the tape. Not to mention the fact that the machine gunner equips all the belts before leaving, and ordinary soldiers take packs just because carrying additional magazines or ugh ugh tambourines are sooo hard
  • notingem
    notingem 4 September 2020 21: 52
    0
    It looks like a wreck of screws and bolts. For shooting gallery will do
  • Michael HORNET
    Michael HORNET 5 September 2020 09: 27
    +2
    This is not an army, but rather a spetsnaz-gendarme machine gun
  • bunta
    bunta 14 October 2020 09: 39
    +1
    http://www.kalibr.tv/?p=5245