Russia’s new PKZ 7.62mm machine gun may replace the Soviet PKM in Ukraine

On June 13, 2024, several Russian media outlets reported that a new 7.62mm machine gun, designed by the Perm Design Bureau “Labi,” is currently undergoing testing. Known as the PKZ, this machine gun may be deployed to the conflict zone in Ukraine to support Russian assault troops if the testing is successful. The PKZ’s design aims to enhance operational effectiveness by enabling quick deployment and reducing the machine gun’s profile. Read full defense news at this link…

The PKZ 7.62mm machine gun is lighter and shorter than the PKM and Pecheneg models currently used by the Russian Army. (Picture source: Russian media)

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