Russia adds large-calibre sniper rifles to Ratnik future soldier system

23 June 2015 (Last Updated June 23rd, 2015 18:30)

Russia has reportedly integrated a pair of large-calibre sniper rifles into Ratnik, the country’s domestically manufactured future high-tech soldier system.

Russia has reportedly integrated a pair of large-calibre sniper rifles into Ratnik, the country's domestically manufactured future high-tech soldier system.

An unnamed Central Research Institute of Precision Mechanics representative was quoted by Sputnik as saying: "The 6VM7-1 rifle is a more lightweight and shortened version of the 6VM7."

Built by the Degtyarev plant in Kovrov, the 12.7mm 6VM7-1 and the 6VM7 sniper systems have been designed in a bullpup configuration, with magazine behind grip / trigger section.

Equipped with a 1-P88-2 variable-range sight, the 11kg rifles have an effective range of 1,500m and can also be fitted with a 1PN139 thermal visor.

According to the representative, the two rifles have already been evaluated and are set to enter service with the Russian Armed Forces shortly.

"The 6VM7-1 rifle is a more lightweight and shortened version of the 6VM7."

The Degtyarev Plant had previously stated that the 6VM7 sniper rifles will be handed over to the Russian military before the end of this year.

Developed as part of the soldier military equipment programme, the Ratnik infantry soldier kit comprises more than 40 components, including firearms, body armour, optic, communication and navigation devices, life support, and power supply systems, as well as knee, and elbow pads.

Available in summer and winter variants, the lightweight gear can be used by regular infantry, rocket launcher operators, machine gunners and drivers, and scouts.

The system is claimed to be capable of offering protection against environmental threats from weapons of mass destruction and non-lethal weapons.

Approximately 50,000 Ratnik sets are scheduled to be supplied to the armed forces this year as part of the current state defence order, followed by the same number in 2016.