Russia’s Zlatoust Machine Building Plant (Zlatmash, a Roscosmos enterprise) has developed a new KEDR-PARA submachine gun for the use of law enforcement agencies and special forces. The tests will begin in 2022. This was revealed by Vadim Astashin, the head of the small arms sales bureau of Zlatmash JSC, on the Day of the Gunsmith (Sunday, September 19).
“JSC Zlatmash on its own initiative designed the submachine gun KEDR-PARA PP-2011.000. It is designed for the 9×19 caliber cartridge and should replace the PP-91 Kedr submachine gun currently in service with the security forces,” he told RIA Novosti.
The plant spokesman said that the new weapon is designed for close combat in an urban environment by law enforcement and special forces.
In August of this year, the submachine gun was successfully tested under the supervision of the Federal State Institution NPO “Special Technics and Communications” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. The units involved in approbation wished to equip the weapon with Picatinny rails, making it possible to install various attachments (flashlight, laser designator, etc.). These changes have already been made to the design of this submachine gun, Astashin specified.
He added that the state tests of “KEDR-PARA” are scheduled for early 2022; after their completion a decision will be made to put it into service.
Astashin also said that with its relatively small size and weight, the submachine gun has excellent firepower. Its rate of fire is 1000 rounds per minute, the initial speed of the bullet is 430 m / s, the muzzle energy reaches 638 J, and the resource is 10,000 rounds. The aiming range of the weapon is up to 100 m. The accuracy of fire at this distance is at the level of 150 mm.
On September 19, Russia celebrates the Day of the Gunsmith – a professional holiday of workers of the Russian defense industry (MIC), creators of domestic weapons, as well as specialists who are engaged in the history of the development of arms business and the study of the traditions of Russian weapons.
In December last year, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, spoke about the small arms that are produced by the enterprise of the state corporation Zlatmash.
He presented a service traumatic pistol “Corporal”, intended for security structures. The pistol is distinguished by its fire accuracy (no more than 100 mm) and its range – 15 m. Due to its compactness, this weapon can be worn hidden under clothing.