The Shkval (Russian: Шквал, lit. "squall") was a Russian amphibious assault rifle designed by Aleksandr Shevchenko, Yuri Danilov, A.A. Goyan, D.I. Chistekhin, D.A. Korsakas, N.N. Nosov and E.B. Korotkov and produced by Derzhava in prototype form only.
History[edit | edit source]
The Shkval was developed by a team of designers from Military Unit 33941 and a company by the name of Derzhava (lit. "power") as a weapon that could increase the effectiveness of various special forces performing "special tasks". When development of the weapon was carried out is not clear. The weapon does not appear to have been submitted to any sorts of tests and is effectively just a design study only.
Design[edit | edit source]
The Shkval is a bullpup assault rifle based on the AK-74. The weapon is noted as having a very high rate of fire due to its shortened receiver in addition to the short stroke of the bolt carrier. The Shkval is said to have about 50% parts commonality with that of the AK-74. The weapon features a folding metal stock to help reduce its size. A powerful buffer spring is used in lieu of an adjustable gas port.
The weapon features a system to allow the weapon to fire underwater, likely involving gas "blowing" on the barrel. Barrel life above water is about 10,000 rounds; for underwater firing, the barrel life is halved to about 5,000 rounds. The weapon takes 5.45×39mm ammunition, with various different types being used for underwater and above water usage.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Smerch: bullpup assault rifle also developed by Aleksandr Shevchenko
- ASM-DT: dual-medium assault rifle also developed by Aleksandr Shevchenko and Yuri Danilov