The Russian Ministry of Defence is planning to replace its inventory of Kalashnikov RPK-74 5.45 mm light machine guns (LMGs) with Kalashnikov RPK-16 modular LMGs, a military source told Jane's on the first day of the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka close to Moscow from 25–30 June.
"There has been a decision to replace the bulky RPK-74 with a more portable light support weapon with modern interfaces and modular construction, and the Kalashnikov Group's RPK-16 is such a replacement. Under current infantry tactics, each squad needs a fire team with a man-portable 5.45 mm LMG that can be easily handled by a single soldier.
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