PKP Pecheneg machine gun

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PKP Pecheneg "6P41" machine gun
PKP Pecheneg Conscript day in Moscow 2011.jpg
A PKP Pecheneg on display with a bipod
TypeMedium machine gun
General purpose machine gun
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service2001–present[1]
Used bySee Users
WarsSecond Chechen War
Russo-Georgian War
Syrian Civil War[2]
Iraqi Civil War[3]
Invasion of Crimea
War in Donbass
Production history
DesignerTsNIITochMash[4]
VariantsSee Variants
Specifications
Mass8.2 kg (18 lb) without a bipod[5]
8.7 kg (19 lb) with a bipod
12.7 kg (28 lb) with an infantry tripod mount[6]
Length1,200 mm (47 in)
Barrel length658 mm (25.9 in)[6]

Cartridge7.62×54mmR[6]
ActionGas-operated[6]
Rate of fire600–800 RPM[7]
Muzzle velocity900 m/s (2,953 ft/s)[8]
Effective firing range1,500 m (0.93 mi)[9]
Feed systemBelt feed: 100-, 200-, 250-round[8]

The PKP Pecheneg (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Pekhotny "Pecheneg", Russian: Печенег)[10][11][12][13] is a Russian 7.62×54mmR general-purpose machine gun[6]. It is a further development and modification of the PK machine gun.[14] It is said to be more accurate than all its predecessors due to a heavier, non-removable, forced-air-cooled barrel with radial cooling ribs and a handle which eliminates the haze effect from hot gases and keeps the barrel cooler, making the weapon more reliable.[15] A steel jacket encloses the barrel to and runs up to the muzzle similarly to the Lewis machine gun provide forced air cooling. Low pressure created at the front of the jacket during firing draws cool air into the jacket through oval windows at the rear of the jacket. Furthermore, the weapon is capable of having a telescopic sight or other sights mounted on it, which increases its accuracy and effective range.

According to the manufacturer the PKP Pecheneg can fire 600 rounds in rapid fire scenarios without damaging the barrel. When conducting a long fire fight, it can fire up to 10,000 rounds of ammunition per hour without degrading the combat characteristics and reducing the life of the barrel. In general, the PKP Pecheneg retained up to 80% parts commonality with the PKM. Constant forced cooling of the barrel reduces dispersion when firing, and also increases the durability of the barrel. The service life of the barrel is estimated at 25,000 to 30,000 rounds.

The GRAU index of the PKP Pecheneg is 6P41 or 6P41N (PKP Pecheneg-N) when fitted with a mounting rail for a night vision sight. It is currently in use by Russian Army Spetsnaz and other troops in significant numbers. Even though it was developed mainly for infantry use, it also has been fitted to several light vehicles.[14]

Name[edit]

The PKP Pecheneg is named for the Pecheneg people, a warlike tribe of Turkic origin who lived in what later became steppes of Southern Russia and Ukraine.

A close-up of the scope mounting rail on a 6P41N (PKP Pecheneg-N). The receiver cover release on the right is similar to those of the AK-family.

Variants[edit]

External video
Video of Pecheneg Bullpup being fired
Russian soldier from the 4th Guards Tank Division with the PKP Pecheneg and RPG-26.
  • PKP Pecheneg – The PKP Pecheneg is chambered in 7.62×54mmR cartridge and a further modernization of the PK machine gun. It has been adopted by the Russian armed forces, Russian Ministry of Interior and other military agencies around the world.
  • PKP Pecheneg-N – The PKP Pecheneg-N is similar to the PKP Pecheneg but features a mounting rail for night vision sights.
  • PKP Pecheneg-SP – The Pecheneg-SP is an improved variant of the PKP Pecheneg, and its GRAU index is 6P69. It has two main versions; a standard version and a special forces version. Titanium is now used for its construction. It was also reported that it now features a Picatinny rail for mounting the 1P89-3 unified optical sight and other optical sights, a telescopic folding stock and at the request of the Russian military, an additional tactical handle for the convenience when firing. According to the manufacturers, during transportation the gun can be folded, making it 30 mm (3 cm) shorter than the regular Kalashnikov rifle. It uses a shortened barrel and a suppressor for noiseless and flameless fire. Its serial production started in February 2017.[16]
  • Pecheneg Bullpup – The Pecheneg Bullpup is a bullpup conversion of the PKP Pecheneg developed by the Degtyarev plant.[17]

Users[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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