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Army 2019: New Kalashnikov anti-materiel rifle makes debut

27 June 2019
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The Kalashnikov Concern is showing its new anti-materiel rifle designated as the SV-18 at the Army 2019 Source: IHS Markit/Miko Vranic

The Kalashnikov Concern is showing its new anti-materiel rifle designated as the SV-18 at the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka, close to Moscow, on 25-30 June. The rifle is a bullpup design with its bolt-action and box magazine behind the trigger and is therefore short in length.

The SV-18 is chambered for either Soviet/Russian 12.7×108 or 12.7×99 mm, the latter of which is more commonly known as the .50 calibre BMG cartridge in the West. The rifle appears to be constructed from a combination of steel, aluminium, and polymer.

Dual safety levers - one on each side - are installed above the trigger for ambidexterity. The SV-18 has a monolithic length of the MIL-STD-1913 type scope and ancillaries rail on the topside. A further length of rail is integrated on the forend's underside - ahead of a short handguard piece, on which a detachable bipod and other ancillaries can be mounted.

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