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.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihsmarkit.com/janes