Infantry weapons / Heavy machine guns / NSV

NSV

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Heavy machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    USSR

  • NICKNAMES
    Utyos / Utes (Russian nickname)
    6P11 / 6P17 (production index)
    KT-12.7 (Ukrainian production)
    M02 (Yugoslav production NSVS)
    M87 (Yugoslav production NSVT)
    12.7mm Ittk 96 (Finnish designation)
    NSZV-12.7 G├ęppuska (Hungarian designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1969 - 1971

  • DESIGNER
    Nikitin, Sokolov & Volkov

  • PRODUCTION
    1972 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Bulgaria - Arsenal
    India - Ordnance Factory Board
    Kazakhstan - Kaspex/Metallist
    Poland - ZMT
    Serbia - Zastava
    Ukraine - STCPM
    USSR - Molot
    Yugoslavia - Zastava

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    $12.000 in 1992

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    High rate of fire
    Limited weight
    Limited accuracy

Introduction

The NSV is a heavy machine gun of Soviet origin. It was developed in the late 1960's to replace the DShK in Soviet service which was found too heavy and expensive and had a limited rate of fire. The NSV is named after its three designers, but is also known by its nickname Utes. The NSV can be used on a tripod but is primarily used as vehicle armament and can be found on all modern Soviet tanks.

Design

The NSV is a heavy machine gun that is relatively light. It is gas operated and uses a long stroke gas piston. The NSV is belt fed and exists in both right hand and left hand feed models which are both available with or without iron sights. When in use with infantry a pistol grip and shoulder stock are fitted and optical sights are optional. It is also available as vehicle armament with a solenoid trigger.

Firepower

The NSV fires the 12.7x108mm round from 50 round belts and fires fully automatic only. The cyclic rate of fire is about 700 to 800 rpm. Even though the NSV is not very accurate it can be used out to 1.5 km. The high rate of fire makes the NSV more useful as an anti-aircraft machine gun than the older DShK.

Users

The primary user of the NSV was the USSR. It was used both on ground mounts and vehicles. After the breakup the NSV was no longer produced in Russia and combined with the desire for a more accurate weapon the Kord was developed. The NSV remains in production in various nations and has been exported to many nations, although not nearly in the same quantities as the older DShK.

Variants

NSVS

When used on a ground mount the NSV is known as the NSVS. With mechanical trigger it is known as the 6P11 and is available in right and left hand feed and with and without iron sights. It is normally deployed on the 6U6 tripod but an anti-aircraft mount is also available.

  • Specifications:
  • NSVS
TypeHeavy machine gun
Caliber12.7x108mm Soviet
MagazineBelt fed, 50 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-F
Rate of fire700 - 800 rpm
Barrel length1.1 m
Rifling8 grooves, 381 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity820 - 860 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.970 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight24.8 kg plus 24 kg tripod and stock
SightsIron sights, 200 to 2.000 m gradations, optional optical sights
Remarks-

NSVP

The NSVP is the latest production version of the NSV and was developed in Kazakhstan. The NSVP has increased accuracy and recoil is reduced by fitting a multi port muzzle brake and mounting the NSV on a slightly heavier tripod with soft mount.

  • Specifications:
  • NSVP
TypeHeavy machine gun
Caliber12.7x108mm Soviet
MagazineBelt fed, 50 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-F
Rate of fire700 - 800 rpm
Barrel length1.1 m
Rifling8 grooves, 381 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity820 - 860 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.975 mm
Width1.2 m (on tripod)
Height480 mm (on tripod)
Weight22 kg tripod
SightsIron sights, 200 to 2.000 m gradations, optional optical sights
Remarks-

NSVT

The NSVT is the vehicle mounted version of the NSV and is also known as the 6P17. The NSVT is equiped with an electrical trigger. The NSVT is primarily used as anti-aircraft armament for tanks, but can also be found on various other vehicles.

  • Specifications:
  • NSVT
TypeHeavy machine gun
Caliber12.7x108mm Soviet
MagazineBelt fed, 50 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-F
Rate of fire700 - 800 rpm
Barrel length1.1 m
Rifling8 grooves, 381 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity820 - 860 m/s
Stock-
Length1.560 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight24.8 kg
SightsWith and without iron sights, 200 to 2.000 m gradations, optional optical sights
Remarks-

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