New snipers for the paratroopers



The elite Russian paratroopers are testing a new sniper rifle called ‘Tochnost’(‘Accuracy’), which can be put into service as early as next year. They have shown interest in this new weapon, developed by a Russian company.

Speaking of the ‘Tochnost,’ Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, commander of the Airborne command said, “We are not talking about buying it yet, but we are ready to take it for operational trials. Our Special Operation Force brigades were involved in different stages of combat performance testing, and overall it showed combat readiness,”

He pointed out that the rifle is being refined as trials take place. It is not clear yet how long the trials will last, but the weapon already has a high degree of readiness, Shamanov said.

“It is highly probable that we will take it into service,” the commander said.

Too Hot to Handle: UK Calls to Review Rifles That ‘Can’t Shoot Straight’

A soldier carries a German gun G36

Police chiefs in the UK have called for a review into an assault rifle used by anti-terror officers and some military forces after a report claimed that the German-made weapons did not shoot straight when hot.

A report commissioned by the German defense ministry investigating the effectiveness of the weapons revealed that the G36 rifles become very inaccurate when they overheat.

The report found that the rifles could miss targets after being exposed to hot conditions, high humidity or by being fired in rapid succession.

The leaked report, as seen by UK newspaper The Sunday Times, found that the rifles reportedly missed targets when temperatures got to 30C, while other reports in German media claimed that some shots from 500m missed their targets by as far as six metres.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that the G36 rifles became hot and unreliable after firing just 60 rounds of ammunition.

Germany Has ‘No Use’ For G36 Rifles


The issue of whether to use the rifles has also been debated recently in Germany, with German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen  — who commissioned the tests — saying that the G36 has “no future” in the German military.There are thought to be between 2,000 and 3,000 G36 rifles used by British counterterrorism forces, while Special Air Service (SAS) teams in Iraq have also used them during certain operations.

Police officials were unsure of the cost of the weapons used in the UK, however the German military has spent $195 million on 178,000 G36 rifles over the past two decades.

Despite the widespread use of the rifles, which are used in more than 50 countries, the leaked reports have led to calls to have the weapons re-tested in the UK, with police chiefs asking the Home Office to investigate the results in Germany.

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for armed policing, DCC Simon Chesterman said that officers in the UK using G36 rifles and their ammunition had “not experienced any problems with accuracy” despite being put through a “stringent set” of tests by the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST).

However, Mr Chesterman has called for a review into their use and safety, following the concerning reports in Germany.

“The reliability of any weaponry that the police service uses is of paramount importance. As a result we will refer the matter to CAST and ask them to consider the recent findings in Germany and advise us accordingly.”

Findings ‘Incorrect, Irrelevant And Possibly Illegal’

Following the criticism of the G36 rifles, manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) have defended the weapons, saying the German defense force’s decision to fit the G36’s barrel with a tin covering lead to the overheating.

“H&K views any negative statements with regard to the accuracy [of the G36] as factually incorrect, irrelevant and possibly illegal.”

“Decades of use by the Bundeswehr validate that the G36 was — and continues to be — fully operational,” the statement read.

As part of a detailed response to the report, H&K officials also criticized the German army’s decision to purchase the G36 in favor of the MG36 — a more expensive, heavier rifle.


‘Nicht Gut’: German MPs Cancel Orders for G36 Rifle

German soldier holds a Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle at a military training ground near Weisskeissel,  Germany

The German parliament canceled G36 rifle orders for lack of precision in hot climate and when overheated, German media reported on Sunday.

A study commissioned by the Ministry of Defense revealed serious flaws in the mass-produced G36 assault rifle. Reportedly, the rifle tends to heat up during continuous fire and becomes unreliable under changing ambient temperatures with the hit probability decreasing after just a few shots.Moreover, a change from dry to moist environment leads to problems, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported.

The revelations contained in the 372-page report may come as a serious blow to Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally and confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The German military leads a NATO rapid response force in Eastern Europe to defend European countries, including Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia against an imaginary threat from Russia.  The formation of the elite intervention force is part of a systematic military buildup by NATO in Eastern Europe, aimed directly at Russia. Ursula von der Leyen said some 4,000 of the corps’ troops will soon be taking part in a joint military exercise in the Baltics.

However, it now appears that the Bundeswehr has little to fight with amid reports of serious flaws found in its armored vehicles and now in the mass-produced G36 assault rifle.

A special commission has been set up to determine whether the rifle poses a real threat to a soldier’s life.

Ursula von der Leyen knew about the problems with the G36 already in late March and planned to recall 167,000 faulty units.

The rifle’s manufacturer, Heckler & Koch Company rejected the experts’ criticism though and threatened to sue the government.

The G36 was designed in the early 1990s by Heckler & Koch Company (HK). It was intended to replace the ageing G3 rifle in service with the Bundeswehr.

In April 2012, reports surfaced that G36 rifles used in Afghanistan would overheat during prolonged firefights after several hundred rounds were fired.

Overheating affected the accuracy of the G36, making it difficult to hit targets past 100 meters, ineffective past 200 meters, and incapable of effective fire past 300 meters. The G36 has been called unsuitable for long battles.

HK said the rifle was not designed for sustained, continuous fire.


Unveiling of Russian Rifle-Amphibious ADS to Be Held at IDEX-2015


Scientific and Production Association “High-Precision Complexes” for the first time will present overseas a rifle for naval commandos ADS at the Defence Industry Exhibition IDEX-2015, which will be held from 22 to 26 February 2015 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), the press service of Scientific and Production Association told reporters on Friday.

According to the report, due to its unique performance characteristics, ADS is the first rifle in the world, capable of firing equally effective both in water and on land.

“The purpose of the development of the machine was to replace the APS rifle (automatic underwater special) as a combat weapon of special units of the Russian Navy. On land the shooting of a machine gun is effectuated by the caliber 5.45×39 and using the underbarrel grenade launcher with VOG-25 and VOG- 25P. Underwater the fire is effectuated with new cartridges designed specifically for ADS,” was said in a statement.

Kalashnikov approves new production location for American-made AK-47


Kalashnikov Concern has tacitly approved a US-based company’s plans to produce rifles under the AK brand in the US, calling it a “logical step”, RT reports.

“The production of the Kalashnikov Concern has traditionally maintained its leadership positions on the American market. The introduction of sanctions has substantially increased interest in the Concern’s production, and we believe that such a move on the part of the RWC [Russian Weapons Company] is completely logical under the present circumstances. We can only note that such a step once again highlights the popularity of the legendary AK assault rifle,” a spokesperson for the company said.

Vintorez: Sniping rifle of intelligence officers

October 28, 2014 Alexey Ramm, specially for RIR

The VSS silent rifle, which is called the thread cutter, is considered the best weapon for special operations.
Vintorez: Sniping rifle of intelligence officers Since the first Chechen war, the Vintorez was regularly used by Russian Special Forces in all armed conflicts. Source: Sergey Venyavsky / RIA Novosti

Since its inception in 1983, the special sniping rifle has firmly taken its place in the arsenal of special units, ranging from GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate) special purpose teams to the CSN (Centre for Special Operations) of the Federal Security Service (FSB). The Vintorez or the VSS, previously only available to elite Special Forces intelligence officers, is now being delivered to army scouts.

Special order for Vympel

By the early 1980s, silent pistols based on the Makarov pistol (PM) and the APB (automatic silenced pistol) based on the Stechkin automatic pistol (APS), as well as the AKM (Kalashnikov modernized automatic rifle) and its successor the AKMS, which is equipped with the PBS-1 silent fire device, have become the most widespread examples of silent small arms in the Ministry of Defence arsenal. During the early 1980s, the KGB leadership acknowledged that silent weapons did not meet all the expectations of modern requirements.

The USSR Defense Ministry and the KGB ordered for its divisions and Special Forces a new silent sniper rifle capable of engaging the enemy, having its individual protective equipment for night-time conditions, with minimal give-away signs. That is, a sniper shouldn’t be given away by his weapon’s protective equipment or the clatter made by its action when fired.

Work on the new rifle was assigned to the TSNIITOCHMASH factory located in the Moscow suburb of Klimovsk, which opened in 1983 as an experimental engineering development under the code Vintorez. The VSS was designed to hit targets at ranges up to 400 metres with special ammunition SP-5 and SP-6 subsonic bullets. Also, thanks to new rifle design decisions, when shot, the rifle did not make undesirable clattering sounds upon firing or other signs that would give-away a sniper. In many ways, the rifle’s good silencing performance when shot was provided by the so-called integrated, constructive input into the rifle silencer.

In 1987, the VSS passed testing and was adopted by not only the military establishment but also the State Security Committee. The newest silent sniper rifle began to be used in Soviet Army service teams for special purposes and marine intelligence points.

A soldier’s nightmare

According to open sources, the KGB massively supplied the VSS only to the Vympel Special Forces Unit, which was to operate in the so-called gray period, conducting sabotage against the strategic infrastructure of a probable enemy and its military and political leadership. At the same time, Alpha focused mainly on conducting anti-terrorist actions, and thus the VSS was not as common among them as among their colleagues.

Interest in the new rifle was even expressed by the Interior Ministry, which planned to use the silent sniper rifle to arm the police unit already created for special purposes (special mission forces) and the special training battalion of internal security troops (which later became the legendary Vityaz special purpose squad. But the problem wasn’t immediately solved, and only later was the VSS given to Interior Ministry troops. According to some reports, the VSS was used during the war in Afghanistan, but based on reliable information, it is still unclear whether this is factual or not.

Since the first Chechen war, the Vintorez was regularly used by Russian Special Forces in all armed conflicts.

The second breath of a silent death

The VSS has now has ceased to be a unique weapon of the Special Forces, and is actively supplied to army scouts.

“We use the Vintorez all the time, even more than the PK machine gun or the Dragunov sniper rifle. One very important point is that this rifle is compact, easy to work with in urban areas and in small space. The Dragunov has range, but to turn around with it is much more difficult,” an employee of one of the MIA Special Forces divisions said, sharing his personal experience. According to the source, in urban areas, it is rare to have to operate at a distance of over 300 metres, so he and his colleagues believe that the VSS is the perfect weapon in such cases.

According to official Ministry of Defence reports, at the end of September this year, the infantry brigades of the Eastern Military District stationed in the Amur region will receive 15 Vintorez to arm their snipers.

This is an abridged version of an article, first published by VPK News.

Singapore created the shortest rifle of scheme ” Bullpup “

Singapore created the  shortest  rifle  of scheme

21.02.2014 military parity

Defense industry of Singapore showcased at Singapore Airshow 2014 , two new sample of 5.56 mm assault rifles , including ” The shortest in the world weapons scheme ” Bullpup ” reports.
Created by Singapore Technologies Kinetics (STK) the rifle of scheme ” Bullpup ” has a general resemblance to 5.56 mm assault rifle STK SAR- 21. Of course, the bringing the rifle under the new scheme required the serious modifications to turn it into a new weapon .
According to the developer , the STK BMCR (Bullpup Multirole Combat Rifle) and STK CMCR (Conventional Multirole Combat Rifle) created for the 5.56 – mm NATO SS109 cartridges.
Standard SAR- 21 has a length of 805 mm , its truncated SAR Modular Mounting System and more compact with a length of 680 mm . In STK has not released the dimensions of BMCR, except unconfirmed statements about ” the shortest rifle in the world of ” Bullpup ” scheme.