Kalashnikov supply the RPK-16 Squad Automatic Weapon

As we have reported earlier this week that the Russian Military or better the specialized units will receive the new AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles (read more here), they now confirmed that the new RPK-16 Squad Automatic Weapon is going to put to work as well in the future. The contract is signed for a undisclosed number of RPK-16.

RPK-16

Read below the official release as seen on TASS.

MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/ – The Kalashnikov Concern and Russia’s Defense Ministry have signed a contract on the delivery of the newest RPK-16 machine guns, Kalashnikov Concern CEO Alexey Krivoruchko said on Tuesday.

When asked if such a contract had been signed, Krivoruchko answered in the affirmative. While developing the RPK-16 5.45mm light machine gun, weapons designers took into consideration lessons learnt from recent armed conflicts. The machine gun was unveiled at the Army 2016 international military exhibition. The weapon can operate as a light machine gun or as an assault rifle because its long barrel can be replaced with a short one. A special 96-cartridge drum, which is also compatible with Kalashnikov assault rifles, has been developed for this machine gun.

RPK-16 Overview

We´re looking forward to see more of this gun in the future and maybe a airsoft “training” version will be made soon as well.