The Russian Interior Ministry armed itself with the latest compact Lebedev pistol end of 2021. It should replace the obsolete PM, developed by the designer Nikolai Makarov back in 1948.
RIA Novosti reported about the adoption of a new compact Lebedev pistol (PLC) with reference to a source in the security forces. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs, following the results of state tests, has adopted a new PLC pistol,” the agency quoted him as saying.
The product will gradually replace the Makarov pistol in the Ministry of Internal Affairs: it was created in 1948, and was adopted in 1951. PM has been used in dozens of countries. It is still actively used in different parts of the Earth due to its simplicity and reliability. At the same time, the Soviet pistol loses a lot to modern samples, if we talk about such key indicators as accuracy and power.
The PLC was developed by the Kalashnikov group of companies. It is distinguished from the basic version by its reduced length, weight and height. The pistol is powered by cartridges of nine by 19 millimeters; magazine capacity – 14 rounds. The PLC can be equipped with a tactical flashlight and a laser designator. Its compact size makes it suitable for concealed carry.
The development of the basic version, designated PL-14, began in 2014. The novelty was officially presented at the Army-2015 International Military-Technical Forum. The modernized version – PL-15 – was demonstrated a year later at the same exhibition.
A modified version of the PL-15, as well as a shortened version of the product (PL-15K), was shown at Army-2017. At the beginning of the year, the family’s pistols began to be supplied to the units of the security forces. According to the press service of Kalashnikov, the company is ready to start serial production of the new product.
We will remind, recently it became known about the completion of state tests of the Chukavin sniper rifle from the Kalashnikov concern. It will replace the obsolete SVD in the Armed Forces, created back in the 1960s. Among the main features of the novelty are versatility and relatively small dimensions, which will allow snipers to do without auxiliary weapons.
Several years ago, the Russian Ministry of Defense selected the improved AK-12 and AK-15 Kalashnikov assault rifles as mass firearms. They, in particular, differ from earlier versions in better accuracy of fire. At the same time, the defense department preferred the AEK-971 and AEK-973 assault rifles as weapons for special units.
Aerospace forces‘ pilots will be armed with a new submachine gun PPK-20.
Aerospace forces will receive a new PPK-20 submachine gun. The weapon will be stowed in a wearable emergency stock.
It will be placed in a portable emergency stock (NAZ) with a folded stock. Ammunition magazines and other items will be located in the new body unloading.
The pilot’s NAZ includes, among others, a first aid kit, food, a knife and portable radio communications. He is in the ejection seat. Earlier it became known that the Ministry of Defense decided to add a new automatic weapon to the NAZ. For this, various samples from Russian manufacturers were tested. PPK-20 showed good results according to the test results.
The submachine gun was developed by the Kalashnikov concern and was shown to the public for the first time last year. The product was created chambered for nine by 19 millimeters. The basis for the novelty was the Vityaz-SN submachine gun. PPK-20 is manufactured by Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant.
The submachine gun has a mass of 3.65 kilograms with cartridges. The length with the stock folded is 640 millimeters. The product has received a low-noise firing device and an ergonomic pistol grip. Powered by PPK-20 magazines for 30 rounds.
In recent years, Russia has adopted many different sets of small arms in order to replace the old Soviet models.