AGS-40 Balkan

AGS‑40 Balkan is a Russian 40mm caseless automatic grenade launcher and successor to AGS-17 and AGS-30, introduced and adopted by the Russian military in 2018 for operational evaluation.[1][2][3]

AGS-40 Balkan
AGS-40 Balkan
TypeAutomatic grenade launcher
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service2017–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
DesignerTsKIB SOO
GNPP "Pribor"
Designed1980–2017
Produced2017–present
Specifications
Mass32 kilograms (71 lb) unloaded on tripod
46 kilograms (101 lb) on tripod loaded with box of 20 rounds

Cartridge40mm Caseless
ActionGas Piston, Open Bolt
Rate of fire400 rpm
Maximum firing range2,500 m (2,700 yd)
Feed system40 grenade disintegrating belts

Design

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.[4]

A unique feature of the AGS-40 is a detachable seat that allows for more stabile shooting using the weight of an operator.[5]

Ammunition

Development

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.[1][7] AGS-40 can be installed on armored vehicles.[8] The AGS-40 can be integrated with Kalashnikov MBDU remote weapon station.[9]

Users

See also

References

  1. "Russia tests the AGS-40 Balkan 40mm automatic grenade launcher in operational situation". Army Recognition. April 20, 2017. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  2. "Grenade Launchers and their Ammunition: International Developments". Small Arms Defense Journal. Archived from the original on 11 December 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. "Russia to Adopt the AGS-40 "BALKAN" Automatic Grenade Launcher in 2018 -The Firearm Blog". Archived from the original on 2019-04-13.
  4. "Russia to Adopt the AGS-40 "BALKAN" Automatic Grenade Launcher in 2018". 9 January 2018. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. "Chair-grenade launcher AGS-40 "Balkan": come, sit, shoot - Health & Beauty". Wehealthbeauty.com. 14 May 2017. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  6. "IDEX 2019: Tecmash unveils AGS-40 grenade launcher - EDR Magazine". Archived from the original on 2019-04-13.
  7. Popenker, Maxim. ""Balkan" automatic grenade launcher". Modern Firearms. Archived from the original on 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  8. "The Terminator is Russia's Ultimate Fighting Vehicle". Archived from the original on 2019-01-12. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  9. "Kalashnikov Group upgrades its MBDU weapon station Tass 51102161". Army Recognition. Archived from the original on 11 December 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
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