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Rostec delivers underwater pistols and assault rifles

14th May 2021 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Military swimmer weapons. (Photo: Rostec)

Rostec Corporation has delivered underwater pistols and assault rifles to an undisclosed foreign partner.

Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of Rostec Corporation, has completed the delivery of 4.5mm SPP-1m underwater pistols and 5.66mm APS underwater assault rifles.

The weapons have been delivered to an undisclosed foreign partner.

The SPP-1M underwater pistol and the 5.66mm APS underwater assault rifle were developed by TsNIITochMash, which is also a subsidiary of Rostec Corporation.

The SPP-1M pistol can hit underwater targets at a range of up to 17m when fired underwater or up to 20m when fired above the surface.

The specialised underwater APS assault rifle can hit targets at a range of up to 30m underwater and up to 100m when fired above the water.

Both weapons fire steel darts with a calibre of 4.5mm and a length of 120mm.

The darts have a pointed conical head, with a special blunted tip. This design creates a cavity of air in front of the bullet when it moves underwater at high speeds, reducing water resistance and stabilising the cartridge.

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