PKM,PKT, 7.62 x 54 mm General Purpose Machine Gun,OFB,Indian Armed Forces
The PK is a 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun designed in the Soviet Union and currently in production in Russia. PK machine guns used in India as co-axial weapons in Russian produced T-90S Bhishma, T-72M Ajeya and BMP-2S Sarath and used as general purpose machine gun.
Also PKMs are used by PARA Special Forces as section LMG. PKTS are Manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli under license.
The PKM is a modernized, product-improved version of the PK. The upgrades, primarily aimed at reducing the weight, simplifying production, and facilitating easier operation. The receiver cover became more rigid due to lengthwise ribs.
The butt was fitted with a hinged butt-rest. The barrel fluting was omitted and the flash hider was changed. PKM was equipped with a new black glass-filled polyamide buttstock and pistol grip shaped like the previously used laminated wooden stock and grip.
The PKT is a further development of the machine gun. Modifications include the removal of the stock, a longer and heavier barrel, a gas regulator and an electric solenoid trigger. The PKT is usually fed from 250-round ammunition boxes.
The PK is equipped with a simple detachable bi pod mounted to the gas cylinder beneath the barrel and in that setup is used as a squad-level support weapon.
It is also suitable for installation on tripod mounts, vehicle mounting and can also be used as a light anti-aircraft weapon against slow flying aircraft when it is put on an AA mount.
|Cartridge||7.62 x 54 mmR|
|Barrel Length||PKM:605 mm
|Rate of Fire||PKM:650 rounds/min
|Muzzle Velocity||PKM: 825 m/s
PKT: 855 m/s
|Effective Firing Range||PKM: 1000 m
|Maximum Firing Range||PKM:3800 m
|Feed System||Non-Disintegrating Metal belts in 100 and 200/250 round ammunition boxes|
|Sights||Tangent iron sights,Optical,Night-Vision,Thermal and Radar sights|