During a 2016 Army Exposition in Russia, Kalashnikov Group (Rostec) debuted several items of note including a new micro assault rifle (the Kalashnikov MA), a light machine gun (the RPK-16), and the SVK semi-automatic sniper system. The latter is intended to succeed the aging line of Soviet-era Dragunov SVD rifles and can fire both the Western-minded 7.62x51mm NATO rifle cartridge and the Soviet 7.62x54R rifle cartridge depending on chambering. With its semi-automatic fire mechanism, the system fulfills the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role found in many modern army forces.
The SVK features heavy use of polymers for a lighter weight result. Sections of Picatinny rail are featured along the receiver and forend for supporting various optics sets and the traditional folding bipod assembly. The barrel can be affixed with a suppressor for clandestine operations. The feed, found in its traditional place just ahead of the trigger group, accepts a 10-, 15- or 20-round detachable box magazine (including the SVD's 7.62x54R type). The weapon fires from the proven short-stroke gas piston arrangement with a rotating bolt action. The gas system is adjustable to suit user preference. Beyond these features are ambidextrous controls to suit both left- and righ0-handed shooters and a side-folding stock for a more compact footprint.
As of late-2016 / early-2017, the SVK is undergoing factory trials.
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