UKM-2000

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UKM-2000
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UKM-2000P
Type General-purpose machine gun
Place of origin  Poland
Service history
Used by Poland
Wars Iraq War, War in Afghanistan
Production history
Designed 2000
Manufacturer Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów
Variants UKM-2000P, UKM-2000D, UKM-2000C
Specifications
Weight 8.4 kg (18.52 lb)
Length 1,203 mm (47.4 in)
Barrel length 547 mm (21.5 in)

Cartridge 7.62x51mm NATO
Action Gas-actuated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600-700 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 840 m/s (2,756 ft/s)
Feed system Belt (100, 200 or 250-round)

The Zakłady Mechaniczne "Tarnów" UKM-2000 is a 7.62x51 mm NATO general-purpose machine gun designed in Tarnów, Poland.

Development[edit]

On March 12, 1999 Poland joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. A problem arose with modifying the weapons of the Polish Army to use the standard NATO ammunition. A decision was made to develop a new general-purpose machine gun. The construction was based on the design of the successful PK/PKS machine gun.

The UKM-2000 is a primary GPMG on most vehicles used by Polish Forces in Afghanistan (Cougar H, MaxxPro Dash, M-ATV, Humvee) and is a coaxial machine gun in KTO Rosomak and Polish-modernized BRDM-2.

There is a proposal of modernization of the Polish UKM-2000 general purpose machine gun (GPMG) fed by 7.62x51mm NATO to the new UKM-2013 standard. The upgraded GPMG will be equipped with a new folding and telescopic buttstock with a cheekpiece and additional grip/pod, the integrated Picatinny rail with iron sight and 3-rail forehand attached to the gas tube, new grip, new cocking handle new safety switch selector, a new 440-mm barrel (as an option) plus some additional internal changes. The Polish Army is interested in this machine gun fed from the 100-round soft ammo bag instead of a steel box. Because of external similarity to the Russian PKM GPMG chambered to the 7.62x54mmR some elements like a buttstock, a grip or a forehand with rails will able to be used with the Kalashnikov design.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • UKM-2000C - coaxial version of UKM-2000, successor of the PKT. Use on KTO Rosomak and some Polish modernized BRDM-2
  • UKM-2000D - airborne version with folding stock, limited use in Polish Armed Forces
  • UKM-2000P - standard GPMG version, some also equipped with MIL-STD-1913 rail.
  • UKM-2000Z - first attempt to modernization of UKM-2000, new telescoping stock and black polymer pistol grip. It wasn't adopted.
  • UKM-2013C - modernization of UKM-2000C presented in 2012
  • UKM-2013P - modernization of UKM-2000P presented in 2012, better ergonomy and functionality, new folding and telescopic buttstock with a cheekpiece and additional grip/pod, the integrated Picatinny rail with iron sight and 3-rail forehand attached to the gas tube, new grip, new cocking handle new safety switch selector, a new 440-mm barrel (as an option) plus some additional internal changes, new soft ammo bag instead of typical for PK family steel box magazine
  • UKM-2000M/UKM-2015 - version that will be in tests in mid-2014, probably to introduction in 2015[2]


Operators[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polish Modernised UKM-2013 Machine Gun - The Firearm Blog". The Firearm Blog. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zmodyfikowany UKM-2000M od 2015? - Altair Agencja Lotnicza". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

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