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Russia’s modern Kalashnikov RPK-16 Light Machine Gun spotted in Syria

The RPK-16 is a further development of the Soviet light machine gun RPK-74. The updated design boasts an interchangeable barrel for close quarter and long-range combat.

The 4-kilogram, 5.45-calibre weapon has a rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute. In February 2019, Kalashnikov started limited deliveries of the RPK-16 to the Russian Armed Forces. The weapon is currently in experimental service with the Russian military.

The photo above is one of the first photos of the RPK-16 with a drum magazine (76 rounds) in combat conditions.