The Moscow Times Jul. 06 2016 14:36
Russia’s Kalashnikov company, makers of the world-famous AK-47 assault rifle, has begun deliveries of their first transport and amphibious assault boats for Russia’s special forces, the TASS news agency reported Wednesday.
The company unveiled its boat designs last year at the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg as part of the company’s efforts to diversify its product line. Known as the BC-16 and BC-10 landing craft, the new boats mark a significant departure from Kalashnikov’s traditional experience as a small-arms manufacturer.
“In 2015, the boats successfully passed the tests of the courts and were adapted to fit the technical requirements of the Russian army. Our boats’ equipment is in no way inferior to foreign models,” company director Alexey Krivoruchko said in a statement.
The BC-16 is capable of speeds up to 42 knots and can travel at least 400 miles with a manned crew of two and up to 19 passengers. The BC-10 is capable of 40 knots with room for 12 onboard.
The boats are able to carry out specialized tasks such as the high-speed delivery of troops, fire support, and patrol, sabotage, and anti-sabotage operations.
The purchase is part of a Kremlin effort to modernize Russia’s military. Snap exercises for military outposts all over Russia were carried out last month.
BK-16 High-Speed Landing Craft
BK-16 is a high-speed, multi-purpose amphibious landing craft developed by Russian firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern, for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.
The landing craft is intended for a variety of missions such as coastal area patrol, personnel transportation, coastal landing operations, fire support, counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, medical evacuation, assistance to vessels in distress, and other special operations.
A model of the BK-16 was exhibited at the Army 2015 International Military-Technical Forum held in Russia in June 2015.
Furthermore, the landing craft’s ability to launch and retrieve an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was demonstrated during the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015) held in St Petersburg, Russia, in July 2015.
BK-16 multi-purpose landing craft design and features
The hull and superstructures of the landing craft are made from AMg alloys. The vessel has a length of 16.45m, width of 4m, a draft of 0.87m, and a height 4.33m from the waterline. It has a crew of two members and can accommodate up to 19 personnel.
The vessel is operated and controlled from a bridge located on the upper deck. The bridge features large windows with wipers to provide operators with 360° view. The crew enter / exit the bridge through the rear door, while two hatches are provided for emergency exit.
The front section of the upper deck facilitates launch and recovery of light reconnaissance UAVs such as ZALA 421-16EM developed by Kalashnikov Concern’s subsidiary ZALA Aero Group. The UAV provides increased situational awareness and the ability to engage targets effectively over land and sea.
The range of video / radio channel of 25 km / 50 km
Flight duration 2.5 hours
Wingspan UAV 1810 mm
The length of the UAV (without CN) 900 mm
Maximum altitude 3600 m
Running the handle
Rise Elastic Catapult
Landing Parachute / network
Engine Type Electric pusher
The speed of 65-110 km / h
Maximum take-off weight of 6.5 kg
Mass target load of 1 kg
Navigation INS-corrected GPS / GLONASS, electronic telemeter
Target loads type “+ 16E”
Additional CN Integrated camera 16 megapixel
Glider Two removable console and fuselage
Battery 21000 mAh 5S
The maximum allowable wind speed of 15 m / s
Operating temperature range -30 ° C … + 40 ° C
Built-in automatic tracking
Unmanned aircraft medium-range with an automatic control system (autopilot), a navigation system with inertial correction (GPS / GLONASS), built-in digital telemetry system, navigation lights, built-in three axis magnetometer module retention and active target tracking (AC unit), digital integrated camera, digital broadband video transmitter C-OFDM-modulation radio modem with the receiver SNA <diagonal AIR> to operate without the SNS signal (electronic telemeter), the self-diagnosis system, a humidity sensor, a temperature sensor, a current sensor, sensor propulsion system temperature, unhook the parachute, the protective element ( visor) payload and search the transmitter. @zela.aero
The passenger compartment in the lower deck seats up to 18 members and is equipped with two windows on both sides. The engine room located at the aft of the lower deck is accessed from the upper deck through two hatches.
Armament of BK-16 landing craft
The BK-16 boat can be equipped with Modul Boyevoy Distantsionno Upravlyaemiy (MBDU) remote weapon station (RWS), which is manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern.
Gun carriage options for the MBDU weapon station include a 7.62mm machine gun, a 12.7mm machine gun, AG-17 30mm automatic grenade launchers and 40mm grenade launchers.
The boat can also be armed with Kornet anti-tank guided missile system and mine countermeasures.
The MBDU remote weapon station features a two-axis, gyro-stabilised sighting device equipped with surveillance cameras that have a wide and narrow field of view (FOV), automatic target tracking system, and laser rangefinder.
he MBDU module is also fitted with filters for image enhancement and can acquire targets over a distance of 2.5km and memorise up to 10 static targets. It has a horizontal travel angle of 360°, a vertical travel angle between -20° and 70°, and angular velocity of rotation of 60° a second.
The weapon station offers armoured protection against 7.62x54mm armour-piercing bullets from the SVD sniper rifle / PKM machine gun up to Level III STANAG 4569 standard.
Sensors onboard BK-16 landing craft
The landing craft is equipped with navigation and communications systems, a loud speaker, search lights, antenna mast, and radars for improved surveillance and target acquisition.
Propulsion and performance
Powered by two 780hp engines, the landing craft has a maximum speed of 42kt and an economical speed of 30kt. It can cruise over a distance of 400mi and endure for up to 24 hours.