Russia's State Research and Production Enterprise (GNPP) Pribor, a subsidiary of TekhMash Concern, has completed state qualification trials of the 40 mm 6G27 Balkan, and deliveries are due to begin imminently, according to the company.
"The 40 mm 6G27 Balkan automatic grenade launcher (AGL) is due to enter service before March as per the contract with the Russian Armed Forces. The AGL can also be integrated on a remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) fitted on any infantry fighting vehicle or a naval fast attack platform," Russia's TekhMash representative told Jane's at the Aero India 2017 exhibition.
The 40 mm 6G27 Balkan AGL fires the 40 mm 7P39 caseless high explosive round up to 2,500 m, which is more than the 2,000-2,200 m range achieved by NATO standard 40x53 mm rounds fired from GD-OTS Mk 47 Mod 0 ALGL or the H&K GMG.
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