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TekhMash 6G27 Balkan


40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher


Russia | 2016



"The TekhMash 6G27 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher was introduced with Russian forces in late 2016."



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Every major frontline army showcases some form of Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) and for many decades, the Russian-Soviet Army relied on the trusted-and-true AGL-17 "Plamya" series of launchers in 30mm caliber. While modernized over the years (including introduction of a lightweight replacement in 1995 - the 30mm AGS-30 by KBP), the system has long been a product of its era so a new weapon was sought after - resulting in the Tekhmesh (Rostec) 40mm 6G27 "Balkan" AGL. The Balkan debuted in late 2016.

The new grenade launcher, holding an external similarity to the preceding Soviet-era Plamya, is chambered for the 40mm 7P39 grenade projectile (caseless) which offers greater firepower than earlier 30mm type grenades (more in line with the 40mm Western grenade projectile). Range of the system is out to 2,500 meters while operating / loaded weight is held in check thanks to wider use of polymers in the weapon's construction. Relatively compact dimensions allow the system to be transported by infantry on-the-march. A standard tripod is fitted for stabilized fire and optics are supported through both standard daytime and night time optics. The launcher is fed by a 20-round hard drum magazine fitted to the right side of the receiver. Muzzle velocity is 780 feet-per-second while rate-of-fire reaches 400 rounds-per-minute.

The weapon system will be featured in both ground-based infantry support roles as well as a vehicle-mounted weapon on tracked, wheeled, and watercraft designs.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the TekhMash 6G27 Balkan. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
500 mm
19.69 in
O/A Length
400 mm
15.75 in
Barrel Length
101.41 lb
46.00 kg
Weight
Drum-fed
Action
40mm 7P39 Caseless
Caliber(s)
20-round drum magazine.
Feed
Daytime / Nighttime Optics
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the TekhMash 6G27 Balkan. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
8,200 ft
2,499.4 m | 2,733.3 yds
Max.Eff.Range
400
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
780 ft/sec
238 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the TekhMash 6G27 Balkan 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher family line.
6G27 "Balkan" - Base Series Designation
Operators
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Contractor(s): Tekhmash (Rostec) - Russia
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