1957 - 1960
1966 - ?
Finland - Valmet
- UNIT COST
High rate of fire
No quick change barrel
The KvKK-62 is a machine gun of Finnish origin. Development started in 1957 with pre-production starting in the early 1960's. The KvKK-62 was accepted for service in 1962 and entered service in 1966. KvKK stand for Kevyt KoneKivaari, Finnish for light machine gun. The number 62 stands for the year of introduction.
The KvKK-62 is based on the Czech ZB 26 machinegun, but it bears little superficial resemblance. It features the tilting block locking mechanism. The KvKK-62 does not feature a quick change barrel. The decision was made to keep the weapon light and a quick change barrel would add too much weight. The KvKK-62 uses a non-disintegrating link belt and uses an unusual right hand feed. The KvKK-62 is credited with minimal ergonomics. The pistol grip is a simple tube, there is no trigger guard to suit firing with gloves and the stock is round and it does not set well against the shoulder.
The KvKK-62 uses the Russian 7.62x39mm round, which is also used by the Finnish standard service rifle: the Valmet RK 62. It uses 100 round belts in cloth bags that are attached to the weapon. The KvKK-62 is fully automatic only and fires at a very high cyclic rate of fire of 1.100 rpm. The effective range is claimed to be 400 meters.
The KvKK-62 was supplied to Finland and Qatar and are no longer in service. In Finnish service it was first relegated to reserve use and has recently been replaced by the PKM.
The KvKK-62 is a light machine gun that fires the 7.62x39mm round. Unlike other Valmet weapons it has been produced in only one caliber. There are no variants of the original model.
|Magazine||Belt fed, 100 rouds|
|Operation||Gas operated, tilting block locking|
|Rate of fire||1.000 - 1.100 rpm|
|Barrel length||470 mm|
|Rifling||4 grooves, right hand twist|
|Muzzle velocity||730 m/s|
|Weight||8.3 kg empty|
|Sights||Iron sights, 100 - 600 m gradation with 100 m increments|
|Remarks||Fixed foldable bipod|