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Ukraine developing new large-caliber machine guns: Photos revealed

Ukraine developing new large-caliber machine guns: Photos revealed Ukrainian manufacturers are testing two new machine gun models (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukrainian developers have already started testing two new models of machine guns. Domestic enterprises are designing weapons for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to Military Courier.

The manufacturers are currently testing machine guns for cartridges of 14.5×114mm and 12.7×99mm calibers.

The purpose of the new machine gun for the 14.5×114mm caliber cartridge is to engage lightly armored targets (APCs and IFVs), firepower, and enemy personnel under light cover.

This new weapon boasts better performance compared to its Soviet predecessor, the KPV (KPV-T). If the test results are successful, this machine gun will replace the outdated KPV-T.

Additionally, there are plans to use it as an infantry-mounted variant.

The machine gun chambered for the 12.7×99mm cartridge is the Ukrainian equivalent of the American Browning M2. It could potentially replace the outdated Soviet-designed NSV. There are different variations of this machine gun, including infantry-mounted, tripod-mounted, and versions for tanks like the T-64.

These two new domestically manufactured machine gun models are intended to replace their Soviet counterparts pending successful trials.

Production of Western weaponry in Ukraine

Production of Western weaponry in Ukraine has been a goal for the country, aiming to engage defense companies from Western countries in manufacturing on Ukrainian soil.

Towards the end of October, it was announced that the Ukroboronprom State Concern and the German defense conglomerate Rheinmetall established a joint venture.

This venture is intended to assist Ukraine in repairing equipment transferred from Western nations and also has plans to manufacture tanks and armored vehicles.

The Rheinmetall plant is planned to be launched on Ukrainian territory as early as 2024, according to recent statements by the CEO of the conglomerate, Armin Papperger.