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The new RPL-20 light machine gun may be part of the Sotnik outfit

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The new RPL-20 light machine gun may be part of the Sotnik outfit

Serial production of the new RPL-20 light machine gun will begin after trial operation in the troops and adoption, the machine gun may become part of the promising Sotnik equipment. This was announced by Dmitry Tarasov, general director of the Kalashnikov concern.


According to the general director, today the RPL is at the stage of a technical project, a prototype of a machine gun has been created, which was demonstrated at Army-2020. Terms of completion of the project are determined, but they are not subject to disclosure.

Serial production of the machine gun will be deployed after the adoption of RPL-20 into service, after successful trial operation

- said Tarasov.

The concern explained that the RPL-20 (belt light machine gun) was created as part of the development of the RPK-16 light machine gun project with the introduction of certain changes based on the results of experimental military operation. It is emphasized that the machine gun will be powered exclusively by belt, the use of stores is not provided for by the terms of reference received from the Ministry of Defense. The machine gun can be part of the promising equipment of the next generation "Sotnik". In addition, the option of a machine gun chambered for 5,56x45 mm NATO is not excluded.

Earlier, Kalashnikov's experts reported that the RPL-20 was created for the 5,45X39 mm cartridge, the machine gun was powered by a belt, the belt was also developed in the concern. Cartridge box for 100 rounds. There is a possibility of changing the barrel, a double-sided fuse, a folding stock with an adjustable cheek. Weight depending on the length of the barrel: with a short barrel - 5,2 kg, with a long barrel - 5,5 kg. The machine gun is equipped with a Picatinny rail for attaching sights and other devices. All types of optical and collimator sights are installed on the machine gun.
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  1. Mooh
    Mooh 22 February 2021 12: 31
    +7
    Will there be a hunting carbine? And another smooth-bore version for Lancaster please :)
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 22 February 2021 12: 37
      +22
      Quote: MooH
      Will there be a hunting carbine?

      Required. Tape. With food from a knapsack.
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 22 February 2021 12: 41
        +1
        The machine gun is equipped with a Picatinny rail for attaching sights and other devices. All types of optical and collimator sights are installed on the machine gun.


        Obviously not all ... "Swallowtail" is not visible in the photo, and is not mentioned ...

        1. Bad_gr
          Bad_gr 23 February 2021 11: 41
          0
          Quote: Insurgent
          "Dosttail" is not visible in the photo, and is not mentioned.

          Yes, it’s not visible.
          Although, they could have done (business, when in production)
      2. Mooh
        Mooh 22 February 2021 13: 28
        +5
        Quote: Flood
        Required. Tape. With food from a knapsack.

        Dream. Once with the knapsack, you can also screw the radar and the ballistic computer.
        1. Piramidon
          Piramidon 22 February 2021 15: 03
          +2
          Quote: MooH
          you can screw the radar and the ballistic computer.

          And the grenade launcher? Elephants and rhinos.
          1. Gato
            Gato 22 February 2021 19: 47
            +1
            Elephants and rhinos.

            Then choose the AK-630. It's hard, of course, but he prepares minced meat right in the open air. Collect and sculpt cutlets.
            1. phair
              phair 23 February 2021 10: 16
              +1
              With optics and KAMAZ. There's a blackjack casino on the horizon and .... you get the idea;)
      3. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 22 February 2021 14: 54
        +1
        Hunting hares? wassatAnother explosive cartridge, pliz !!!
      4. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 23 February 2021 11: 17
        0
        Quote: MooH
        Will there be a hunting carbine? And another smooth-bore version for Lancaster please :)
        Quote: Flood
        Required. Tape. With food from a knapsack.

        In a bullpup layout.
    2. Orange bigg
      Orange bigg 22 February 2021 12: 46
      +3
      Quote: MooH
      Will there be a hunting carbine? And another smooth-bore version for Lancaster please :)




      RPL-20 is being created as part of the state defense order.
      ... The new RPL-20 light machine gun, created as part of the state defense order (in contrast to the RPK-16, on which work was carried out on an initiative basis), has been developed since 2020 on the basis of the tactical and technical requirements (TTT) of the Russian Ministry of Defense at "5.45 mm light machine gun ", developed on the basis of experimental military operation of the RPK-16 light machine gun. The military highlighted a number of comments and suggestions, information about which was summarized for the development of a new RPL-20 machine gun.



      ... Details about the performance characteristics of the new RPL-20 machine gun, at this stage, and the work is in full swing, are not advertised, but it was clear from the explanations that the military needed another machine gun, with a mass and dimensions at the level of the RPK-16, but at the same time capable of providing the rate of fire and density of fire at the level of single machine guns, like the PKM or PKP, is why it happened in the creation of a new light machine gun, the transition from the store (RPK-16) to the belt (and only belt) power supply. The tape, by the way, as the "Kalashnikovites" say, was also developed by the concern, since it did not exist in nature (apparently, they forgot that the Kovrovites had already "invented" something like this and showed it). The cartridge box, or rather a soft box (made obviously of some kind of durable synthetic material, so as not to unmask), under a tape for 100 rounds, may not be enough yet, but, on the one hand, the box is very compact (unlike the "drum "RPK-16) and does not bulge very vertically, but on the other hand - a more capacious, 200-250 rounds, box, engineers can make later. The barrels are removable, not quick-change, in two dimensions, short (415 mm) and long. The fuse is double-sided, compact and operates in two modes - fuse and automatic (only) firing. The buttstock is a new modular, debuted on the experimental AK-19 (but in the same forum), folding to the left, with an adjustable cheek and retractable (6 positions), reportedly, it is convenient for firing in the ready position, both lying down and standing. The grip of the machine gun is the same as that shown on the experimental AK-19 and the updated AK-12, pistol-type, with new ergonomics, a single block with an extended protective bracket, everything is made of polymer. Weight, presumably and depending on the length of the barrel: with a short - 5,2 kg, with a long - 5,5 kg - the mass is more than that of the RPK-16, but less than the FN Minimi or HK MG4 (and the KORD- 5,45), because, on this indicator, the customer imposed severe restrictions. And it is also known that the put wearable ammunition in stores and drums (RPK-16) will be more in weight than the same, but in the tape, therefore, in this format, it will be possible to carry more spare cartridges for the new machine gun than if they were in stores ... The machine gun, in addition to mechanical sighting devices with a full diopter, along the entire upper and lower part of the forend, is equipped with a Picatinny rail, the side parts are equipped with M-Lock slots for installing short bars, for mounting all types of optical and collimator sights and any other suitable devices. RPL-20 automatic equipment is gas-operated, with barrel locking with a rotary bolt, a gas piston with a long working stroke is located above the barrel. The feed direction of the tape is from right to left. Shooting is carried out from an open bolt, only with automatic fire.

      https://www.armoury-online.ru/articles/add_articles/ruchnyie-pulemetyi-rpl-20-i-kord-5-45-xarakteristiki-foto-opisanie/
      1. Captain45
        Captain45 22 February 2021 21: 17
        -5
        Quote: OrangeBigg
        Details about the performance characteristics of the new RPL-20 machine gun, at this stage, and the work is in full swing, are not advertised, but it was clear from the explanations that the military needed another machine gun, with a mass and dimensions at the level of the RPK-16, but at the same time capable of providing the rate of fire and density of fire at the level of single machine guns, like the PKM or PKP, therefore happened in the creation of a new light machine gun, the transition from the store (RPK-16) to the belt (and only belt) power supply. L

        Let's see Hulllywood and let's go crazy !. No, I understand that the RPK-74 and PKM need to be brought up to modern requirements, so it would be better to make them lighter through new plastics and metal, etc. Well, what's new - tape feed for a different caliber? And this is all that a design idea can give birth to? Do you also need a picatinny rail and a night sight? FSE is a new machine gun. Straight 404 !!!
  2. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 22 February 2021 12: 31
    +1
    the machine gun will be powered exclusively by belt
    Guys, is this a plus or a minus?
    1. Gato
      Gato 22 February 2021 12: 38
      +3
      From the point of view of reliability - a plus, in all other respects it is difficult to say, rather a minus. Stuffing tapes in the field is not a pleasant experience if there is no typewriter.
      1. Earthshaker
        Earthshaker 22 February 2021 13: 02
        +2
        Suppression fire is more effective with a belt-fed machine gun.
        1. Gato
          Gato 22 February 2021 16: 35
          +2
          at the belt-fed machine gun

          I'm talking about reliability. With a pure belt or pure magazine feeder, it is much higher than with a combined one.
      2. loki565
        loki565 22 February 2021 13: 15
        +4
        From the point of view of reliability - a plus, in all other respects it is difficult to say, rather a minus. Stuffing tapes in the field is not a pleasant experience if there is no typewriter.

        Foreign "comrades" have long been using ready-made, stuffed tapes, sealed in zinc, why we do not do this is not clear
      3. Catfish
        Catfish 22 February 2021 17: 22
        +2
        Sergei hi , and his ribbon is not loose?
        1. Gato
          Gato 22 February 2021 17: 41
          +2
          The tape, by the way, as the "Kalashnikovites" say, is also developed by the concern

          "Dark waters in the clouds"
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 22 February 2021 17: 52
            +2
            "Dark waters in the clouds"


            "And our way is in darkness" bully

            1. Gato
              Gato 22 February 2021 19: 17
              +2
              laughing
              For me, Vasya Lozhkin's work is like a quotation book by Mao, for all occasions. Abazha
              1. Catfish
                Catfish 22 February 2021 20: 06
                +1
                Yes, he has Works.

                Happy New Year, Sergey! drinks
                1. Gato
                  Gato 22 February 2021 20: 08
                  +1
                  Holiday greetings

                  Mutually! drinks
                  Tomorrow with lunch and let's start by praying ... fellow lol
                  1. Catfish
                    Catfish 22 February 2021 20: 13
                    +1
                    All the best and good luck! smile drinks
    2. YOUR
      YOUR 22 February 2021 13: 15
      +1
      On the one hand, when the belt is equipped, this is a plus; light machine gun, will be used in the department, so the calculation is one person. The same troubles as during the Second World War were with PPSh, eventually moved to sector stores.
      According to fragmentary data, RPL-20 is RPK-16 for tape power supply. those. all the same good old PKK 1961 in new packaging.
  3. Insurgent
    Insurgent 22 February 2021 12: 32
    +12
    The new RPL-20 light machine gun may be part of the Sotnik outfit

    I look at the novelty, and involuntarily salivation begins, like Pavlov's dog ... Obviously "PKKashnik syndrome"affects wassat

    We needed a machine gun in this caliber with a belt for a long time. RPK-74 is not bad, light, reliable, accurate, but store capacity, and the time of continuous fire ...
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 22 February 2021 12: 43
      +2
      Quote: Insurgent
      We needed a machine gun in this caliber with a belt for a long time. RPK-74 is not bad, lightweight, reliable, but magazine capacity ...

      Feels like a real experience. It's not quite close to me, the military specialty is an artilleryman. We have such a weapon - auxiliary. But you can understand. The tape is lighter than the store. You can carry more cartridges. True, changing the barrel in battle ... I have a bad idea ...
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 22 February 2021 12: 49
        +6
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        True, changing the barrel in battle ... I have a bad idea ...

        On the PC (M), with skill, the barrel changes "for one or two", if only it was, and we often have machine guns without a spare barrel.

        But ... In this RPL, the idea of ​​a replaceable barrel is different - in the "transformation" of weapons for other conditions of battle, with a change "short"(" assault ") and"long"(" defensive ") - trunks.
    2. Runway
      Runway 22 February 2021 13: 10
      +1
      If the barrel is not heavy (and since the struggle for weight + removable, then we can assume that the barrel is "light") then it will be wrong to hammer continuously. And for health it will not add.
      RPKshny magazine = 4 long (tsu with suppression).
      The tape is 5,45 ... solid, probably. In my opinion, it is controversial (we are on the heels of M 242).
  4. Gato
    Gato 22 February 2021 12: 36
    0
    It is emphasized that the machine gun will be powered exclusively by belt power, the use of stores is not provided for by the terms of reference

    As far as I understand, it was decided to refuse from the combined nutrition? As far as I remember, even in the USSR they tried to develop PU-21, but they refused it for some funny reason. And there was also an article on VO https://topwar.ru/156023-v-rossii-predstavili-novyj-pulemet-s-kombinirovannym-pitaniem.html
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 22 February 2021 12: 52
      +5
      Quote: Gato
      As far as I understand, it was decided to refuse the combined nutrition?

      request what

      Developments in this direction were carried out (underway?) In Kovrov ("KORD-5,45"):

      1. Catfish
        Catfish 22 February 2021 17: 31
        0
        Hi colleague hi What the hell does he have upstairs constantly twitching?

        And what kind of developments concerning the combined nutrition are being conducted, not being conducted, behind the cordon they figured out this already "a hundred" years ago.

        Concerning the loose tape, Kalashovites, it seems, have long boasted that they had invented their own, "which has no analogues."
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 23 February 2021 07: 35
          +2
          Quote: Sea Cat
          Hi Colleague, what the hell does he have upstairs all the time?


          winked This is a handle for carrying a machine gun ...

          Why does it twitch? request
          Logically, I see several explanations for this - either it is fixed movably so that it does not interfere with the view when firing, or, as on the PC (M), it combines the functions of a handle and also additionally serves to facilitate the extraction of the "stuck" barrel when replacing it.
  5. sheih78
    sheih78 22 February 2021 12: 43
    -3
    And religion does not allow you to make a loose ribbon?
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 22 February 2021 12: 53
      +5
      Quote: sheih78
      And religion does not allow you to make a loose ribbon?

      Let the merino run around with the "loose".

      As a practitioner, I am against the "loose" tape. Categorically. Consider this as my "religion" yes
    2. cat Rusich
      cat Rusich 22 February 2021 12: 59
      +6
      Quote: sheih78
      And religion does not allow you to make a loose ribbon?
      For PKM, the tape is made "in pieces of 20 rounds" - such pieces are fastened with the help of "closing cartridges", after shooting the "closing cartridge" - the "piece of tape" falls off. Then you can pick up and recharge. soldier
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 22 February 2021 13: 07
        +7
        Quote: cat Rusich
        For PKM, the tape is made "in pieces of 20 rounds" - such pieces are fastened with the help of "closing cartridges", after shooting the "closing cartridge" - the "piece of tape" falls off. Then you can pick up and recharge.

        yes That's it ! This is the beauty of the "solid" tape, in contrast to the "loose", the links of which theoretically can also be assembled and equipped again, but in field conditions - No. ...

        "Pieces of 20" lol Unless tapes from Bekhovsky PKT are used lol
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 22 February 2021 15: 24
          +5
          Experienced tapes chambered for 5,45x39

    3. YOUR
      YOUR 22 February 2021 13: 38
      +6
      There are a lot of pros and cons of both the tape. Loose it is disposable and it is made of cheaper materials (plastic) than not loose. Kind of like with loose and better. Pieces of the tape do not dangle, but to equip the next tape you need cars and parts of the tape. The work for equipping the belt is almost the same as on the Rakov's typewriter, only two bunkers. One cartridges in the second part of the loose tape. You turn the handle at once, the tape is collected and loaded with cartridges. The main disadvantage. Try it out in combat. I shot the ammunition and then what. Add Tetris? And you need to carry with you if we just have cartridges, then with loose tape this very tape, parts of which are packed in a regular plastic bag. In our tapes, you can easily stuff the cartridges into manual cartridges.
      1. Runway
        Runway 22 February 2021 13: 55
        0
        There is one more "moment". The equipped bk from the "covered" RPK is edible for MSO rifles. With bq, there will be Kama Sutra in the ribbons (or vice versa, but the same result). This is a special case, but not rare.
  6. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 22 February 2021 13: 08
    -1
    The new RPL-20 light machine gun may be part of the Sotnik outfit
    Is this really a machine gun? Some kind of counter strike ... request
  7. Vadim Ananyin
    Vadim Ananyin 22 February 2021 14: 07
    0
    In any case, testing is necessary, experience will show.
    And as a result, something should grow, there should not be one-sidedness.
    Whoever uses it decides everything, there is no novelty factor or not novelty.
    Combat use and nothing else! And don't fuck it up here.
  8. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 22 February 2021 14: 39
    +2
    The option of replacing the PKK has been discussed for a very long time, a light machine gun is necessary for both the Army and the Navy. In my opinion, the only negative is that the barrels, although replaceable, are not quick-detachable. Let's see what happened.
  9. bk0010
    bk0010 22 February 2021 18: 34
    0
    Why is it needed when there is RMB? Yes, the PKM is 2 kg heavier, but the cartridge is normal, not intermediate.
    1. Gato
      Gato 22 February 2021 19: 29
      0
      Why is it needed when there is RMB?

      So it is, as it were, created according to the concept of a single machine gun (like Pecheneg) under 7.62, and not as a light RP under 5.45, unified in terms of ammunition with AKM.
      1. Gato
        Gato 22 February 2021 19: 42
        0
        You can read more details here: https://www.armoury-online.ru/articles/add_articles/ruchnyie-pulemetyi-rpl-20-i-kord-5-45-xarakteristiki-foto-opisanie/
    2. kapitan92
      kapitan92 23 February 2021 00: 21
      0
      Quote: bk0010
      Why is it needed when there is RMB? Yes, the PKM is 2 kg heavier, but the cartridge is normal, not intermediate.

      The mass of the "body" machine gun PKM:
      without tape - 7,5 kg;
      with curb tape on 100 cartridges - 11,4 kg;
      RPL 20, Without tape 5,2 - 5,5 kg
      The 5.45mm RPL-20 machine gun in the future should not replace the 7.62mm single machine guns in service with motorized rifle squads, but supplement them.
      Supplement and strengthen the firepower of motorized rifle subunits. It does not interfere! hi
  10. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 22 February 2021 22: 42
    -2
    What I don't like is the announcement.
    It must be indicated in it:
    whom we put on our shoulder blades,
    who was wiped off the face of the earth,
    and who is trite caught up and surpassed.

    I did not see a single line in this context.
    Not an announcement, but a mumbo-jumbo,
    who didn't learn his homework.

    Or is it just me?
  11. bunta
    bunta 23 February 2021 11: 35
    +1
    http://www.kalibr.tv/?p=5245

    Very often you can find a justification for the need to create a machine gun for an intermediate / low-impulse cartridge with a belt feed, the task of increasing the "density" of fire. In this case, density is the number of bullets through a given area per unit of time. In physics, this is actually pressure, but not the point, the number of bullets per unit of time is the rate of fire and is sufficient. We will compare the practical rate of fire of the PC - 250 rds / min and the RPK - 150 rds / min, declared in the NSD. We will assume that the PC is powered by a 100-round tape, and the RPK-74 from a 45-round magazine. Under the practical rate of fire, in accordance with GOST 28653-2018 “Small arms. Terms and definitions "refers to shooting taking into account the time required to reload aiming and aiming.

    The rate of fire of the PK - 650 rds / min, RPK - 600 rds / min. This means that the stock of PC cartridges declared for the practical rate of fire will be consumed in 23 seconds, and the RPK in 15 seconds. Further. For a PC, it takes time to change two boxes within a minute and a barrel when firing more than two minutes with continuous fire. Practical measurement showed that this time is very close to the 37 seconds that remain for the shooter after the actual shooting within the control minute. And what about the PKK? 45 seconds to replace three magazines, 15 seconds to store. The craftsmen from the concern change the magazine to AK with one left hand in 4-5 seconds. Even adjusted for barrel replacement, there is a lot of time. Let's say for the shooting of the store 4,5 seconds with its replacement 5,5 seconds, theoretically without replacing the barrel, you can get a practical rate of fire of 270 rds / min - more than on a PC!
    1. mmaxx
      mmaxx 25 February 2021 11: 35
      0
      Therefore, at one time they abandoned the machine gun with a mixed power supply. Plus - full interchangeability across shops
  12. yehat2
    yehat2 24 February 2021 11: 56
    +1
    this situation reminds me of some kind of computer game.
    there are weak monsters like recruits in hb / boo and with sapper blades
    there are strong contractors in a warrior and with a Kalash, and there is a level boss in a centurion with a machine gun.
    Somehow it shouldn't develop that way.