The modernization of the Russian army is gaining momentum. As Alan Lushnikov, president of the Kalashnikov group of companies, told RIA News, the Russian Defense Ministry signed contracts for the supply of new Chukavin sniper rifles (SVC) to the armed forces, which later should completely replace the Dragunov sniper rifle (SVD).
«The Ministry of Defense already purchases SVC rifles. We have signed a contract for this year, next year and beyond,» Lushnikov said.
The president of Kalashnikov Concern reported that SVC rifles are already being used by military personnel. In particular, in the SMO zone they are used by Russian special forces, they received a batch of rifles with the domestic cartridge 7.62 x 54, new weapons make it possible to defeat single targets with the first shot at a distance of up to 1,000 m.
State tests of the new rifle took place last fall, and based on their results, the SVC rifle was recommended for adoption.