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Okhotnik combat module for Taifun armored vehicles gets new upgraded machine gun

The hit efficiency increased by 20-30% due to the upgrade
Okhotnik combat module  Dmitriy Fedyushko/TASS
Okhotnik combat module
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MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. The Elektromachina NPO (a subsidiary of Uralvagonzavod, UVZ) has successfully finalized the trials of the Okhotnik combat module for Taifun-K armored vehicles, equipped with the 6P49 machine gun, UVZ told TASS Tuesday.

"The new machine gun, developed at the Degtyaroyov Plant, significantly improves the combat module’s characteristics, raising our product’s competitiveness and putting it on par with the world leaders. The plant carried out the improvement of the combat module on its own initiative," the Elektromachina Deputy Chief Designer for Control Systems Sergei Abramov said.

According to Abramov, the machine gun producer obtained serial production permission in November 2020.

"We will ship a batch of Okhotnik combat modules for Taifun-Ks with the new machine gun shortly. The modules for the Navy and other special vehicles will be shipped in the new modification as well," he added.

According to UVZ, the Okhotnik module recently passed trials in Nizhny Tagil." We expected the increase in accuracy when using the new machine gun and the firing trials confirmed it. The hit efficiency increased by 20-30%," the company said.

The module’s naval version is called Narval, UVZ added.

About the module

The Okhotnik (Narval) is one of the most modern remotely controlled combat modules, developed in Russia. Its main weapons are stabilized in two planes, making it possible to hit moving targets at over 1,000 meters. It is equipped with a television camera with identification range of up to 5,000 meters, a thermal vision device with identification range of 2,500 meters and a laser distance meter.