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Rostec upgrades production of cartridges for underwater firearms

February 6, 2019


Press release


The Central Scientific-Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) of Rostec Corporation has commissioned an automated line for the assembly of cartridges for underwater firearms. The new line that comes as a result of a capacity upgrade effort will be producing more than 10,000 cartridges daily.


This ammunition is intended for the underwater pistol SPP-1, calibre 4.5 mm, and the underwater assault rifle APS, calibre 5.66-mm. They display high accuracy performance at a depth of five metres and can be used for precision fire at 20 m (pistol) and 40 m (rifle) under water.


“Production has been automated as part of an overall TSNIITOCHMASH upgrade program, with a significant reduction in expenses and cost of production. Staff has been re-trained to be able to operate the new equipment. The intended output will be enough to meet the demands of law enforcement agencies as regards this type of ammunition,” said Sergey Abramov, Rostec’s Industrial Director.


TSNIITOCHMASH developed the underwater pistol SPP-1 and the assault rifle APS for use by combat divers against subversive operators and for other purposes in above- and under-water combat.


TSNIITOCHMASH forms part of Rostec State Corporation as a  directly managed organization. The company is a center of research and development of small arms, ammunition, training systems, combat suits and other weapons, as well as means of protection of weapons and military equipment from high-precision weapons. Products of TSNIITOCHMASH is considered to be of high quality both in the Russian power structures, and abroad. Among other products, the company has developed a set of second generation combat suits Ratnik, pistol complex Udav, underwater weapon APS and SPP-1, anti-tank missile system Kornet, pistol Gyurza, assault rifle Val, rifle Vintorez, etc.


Rostec Corporation is a Russian corporation that was established in 2007 to facilitate the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications. The Corporation comprises over 700 organizations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military-industrial complex and three holding companies working in civilian industry, as well as over 80 directly managed organizations. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Concern Kalashnikov, Russian Helicopters, UralVagonZavod, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to the markets of more than 100 countries. In 2017 the consolidated revenue of Rostec reached 1 trillion 589 billion rubles, while the consolidated net income and EBITDA amounted to 121 and 305 billion rubles respectively. In 2017 the average salary in the Corporation was 46,800 rubles. According to Rostec’s strategy, the main objective of the Corporation is to ensure that Russia has a technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. Rostec’s key objectives include the introduction of a new techno-economic paradigm and digitalization of Russian economy.




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