Anti-materiel sniper rifles added to Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme

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Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
24 June 2015


The 6V7M1 (pictured) and 6V7M are to be included with Russia's Ratnik future soldier programme. Source: N Novichkov

Two 12.7 mm anti-materiel sniper rifles have been included in the armament suite of the Ratnik soldier equipment modernisation programme developed by Russian design bureau TsNIITochMash, a source in the bureau has told IHS Jane's .

"Ratnik has got two 12.7 mm anti-materiel rifles, namely the 6V7M and 6V7M1," said the source, pointing out that the rifles had successfully passed a number of trials. "Now we are waiting for them to be officially accepted for service," he added.

The rifles weigh approximately 11 kg, although the 6V7M1 is shorter and lighter than the basic 6V7M. The key feature of the rifles is their bullpup design. They are chambered for the Soviet/Russian 12.7 x 108 mm round and feature a magazine that can hold five rounds.

"Both rifles are basically equipped with the 3-12x 1P88-2 optical sight, which can be replaced by the 1PN139 thermal sight," the source said. The effective range of the 6V7M and 6V7M1 is 1-1.5 km. Their chambered muzzle brake is claimed to recoil significantly.

The Degtyarev plant, based at Kovrov, is currently producing the rifles on a serial basis.
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