Russian combined arms army of Far East gets SV-98 sniper rifles

A batch of SV-98 sniper rifles has been delivered to the Eastern Military District’s combined-arms army based in the Amur River region in the Far East, the Defense Ministry’s press office said : “Snipers of reconnaissance units will be the first to receive the new weapons. Sniper rifles of the type have been delivered to the army for the first time”.
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Kalashnikov SV-98M sniper rifle (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The latest variant of the SV-98 rifle is chambered for 7.62x54R cartridges. This modification of the SV-98 is based on an aluminum chassis with adjustable skeleton folding buttstock and two upper MIL-STD-1913 rails for an optical sight and a night detachment, respectively.

The SV-98M 7.62 mm bolt-action sniper rifle developed by Rostec`s Kalashnikov Group is fitted with a 650 mm barrel and is fed by 10-round polymer magazines. The rifle features an overall length of 1,375 mm (with a silencer), a combat weight of 7.8 kg, and a muzzle velocity of 820 m/s. The rifle is accurate at a distance of up to 1,000 m with the use of the improved 12x sight with a new reticle and scale lighting for night shooting.its organic sight. The SV-98M has received an adjustable firing mechanism with a trigger pull varying between 1.0 kgf and 1.5 kgf. The baseline sniper rifle has been complemented by the 1P69 Giperon (Hyperon) 3-10x variable optical sight, a quick-detachable tactical silencer, and a bipod. A monopod (‘third leg’) is integrated with the lower part of the buttstock.

The Kalashnikov Group largely invests in the development of bolt-action sniper rifles chambered for 7.62x54R and 8.6x70 (.338 Lapua Magnum) cartridges. At the Army 2017 defense show, the company unveiled the SV-338 sniper rifle (.338 LM) and the latest variant of the SV-98, the SV-98M. Kalashnikov also delivers the Dragunov SVDM (M for Upgraded) 7.62 mm semi-automatic sniper rifles to the Russian military. The SV-98M fires the 7.62x54R cartridge, which is also used by the SVD/SVDM.


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