RUSSIA ADDS LARGE-CALIBRE SNIPER RIFLES TO RATNIK FUTURE SOLDIER SYSTEM
Russia has reportedly integrated a pair of large-calibre sniper rifles into Ratnik, the country’s domestically manufactured future high-tech soldier system. An unnamed Central Research Institute of Precision Mechanics representative was quoted by Sputnik as saying: “The 6VM7-1 rifle is a more lightweight and shortened version of the 6VM7.” Built by the Degtyarev plant in Kovrov, the 12.7mm 6VM7-1 and the 6VM7 sniper systems have been designed in a bullpup configuration, with magazine behind grip/trigger section. Equipped with a 1-P88-2 variable-range sight, the 11 kg rifles have an effective range of 1,500 m and can also be fitted with a 1PN139 thermal visor. According to the representative, the two rifles have already been evaluated and are set to enter service with the Russian armed forces shortly.