|Type||Automatic grenade launcher|
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Used by||See Users|
|Designer||TsKIB SOO |
|Mass||32 kilograms (71 lb) unloaded on tripod |
46 kilograms (101 lb) on tripod loaded with box of 20 rounds
|Action||Gas Piston, Open Bolt|
|Rate of fire||400 rpm|
|Maximum firing range||2,500 m (2,700 yd)|
|Feed system||40 grenade disintegrating belts|
The AGS-40 has a range of 2,500 m (compared to 1,700 for AGS-17 and 2,100 for AGS-30) and a rate of fire of 400 rounds per minute, with short burst (5 rounds), long burst (10 rounds), and continuous fire modes. The weapon is usually equipped with a tripod and a PAG-17 2.7× telescopic sight; it can also have back-up iron sights installed.
Development of the AGS-40 started in 1980 but stalled after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent economic decline in Russia. However, the project was revived in the early 1990s under the codename "Balkan", and was put into operational evaluation in 2018. AGS-40 can be installed on armored vehicles. The AGS-40 can be integrated with Kalashnikov MBDU remote weapon station.
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