News - NSV 12.7 UTYOS heavy machine gun manufacturer


Gunsmiths are strong in partnership

By creating a joint venture with foreigners, the Kazakhstani defense industry plans not only to satisfy its own state defense order and the domestic market for dual-use products, but also to send something for export.

Over the past year, Kazakh companies of the military-industrial complex (MIC) have concluded several agreements on the creation of joint ventures for the production of equipment and weapons in the Republic of Kazakhstan. This activity of gunsmiths is stimulated by the annually growing state order. Without its own technologies, Kazakhstan has no choice but to cooperate with more advanced partners. On the other hand, our defense industry is not only trying to weaken its dependence on foreign (primarily Russian) weapons, but also to compete with it, at least locally and in some areas.

In 2003, most of the enterprises of the military-industrial complex were merged into the state holding JSC National Company Kazakhstan Engineering (KI), the sole shareholder of which was NWF Samruk-Kazyna. Today, KI includes 24 subsidiaries, 17 of them are factories focused on the production of dual-use products.

In addition to KI, which is the largest player, there are several other enterprises on the market. For example, West Kazakhstan Machine-Building Company JSC (ZKMK, produces the NSV-12.7 Utes machine gun, 30-mm cartridges, as well as equipment for the oil and gas sector) and SKTB Granit LLP (repairs, modernizes and maintains various air defense systems).

12 05-2021

The USA wants to make the NSV machine gun. And the only license is owned by Kazakhstan

American spies are tired of buying Kalashnikov assault rifles and machine guns from dubious and greedy arms dealers. And they decided to establish such a production at home.

Why does the American special forces need assault rifles and machine guns developed by Russia? The answer is obvious – just look at any randomly selected digital recording of military operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, etc. on the Internet. Kalashnikov assault rifles and machine guns of 7.62 and 5.45 mm calibers, as well as hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers (RPGs) are common and always in demand small arms systems in any theater of war. Among those who use AKM, AK-74, PK, PKM, DShK and others, there are groups supported and trained by the US Special Forces. Accordingly, every time the question of their weapons arises, the Americans have to scour the world in search of these weapons.

Recently, the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) posted a rather curious invitation to tender for the US small arms business. Further, literally about the goals and objectives:

“To develop an innovative domestic production of fully functioning facsimiles of foreign small arms systems, the products of which are equal in quality or better than those produced in the world”, “to carry out reversible or re-engineering support and domestic production of machine guns of the systems“ Modernized Kalashnikov Machine Gun ”(PKM) caliber 7 , 62×54 mm and “Nikitin, Sokolov, Volkov” (NSV-NSVT) “.

About the machine gun used by foreign countries for 40 years

The machine gun produced by the “West Kazakhstan Machine-Building Company” has been used by foreign countries for 40 years

For more than 40 years, West Kazakhstan Machine-Building Company (ZKMK) has been producing the NSV-12.7-Utes heavy machine gun, and today it is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of weapons of this caliber.

The plant manufactures products for defense use, for the extraction, treatment and transportation of oil and gas, power equipment, complex metal structures, construction equipment, as well as other engineering products.

The production of the enterprise is equipped with a high-tech equipment park, including: welding, metal-bending, metal-cutting, metal-working, foundry, press-forging, thermal and galvanic equipment, allowing to produce a wide range of engineering products.

The main activities of the engineering and design center are – the development and design of design and technological documentation of products in electronic form and the provision of engineering and consulting services in the development and design of new technologies and equipment.

The main product of the plant, which has been produced for 40 years, is the NSV 12.7 machine gun – “Utes”. The enterprise made more than 5 thousand changes and modifications to the initial design of the machine gun, aimed at improving the combat effectiveness, reliability and ease of maintenance, which made it possible to create an ideal large-caliber weapon. Currently, there is only 1 possible failure per 10,000 shots. In this connection, in all the main tactical and technical parameters among similar products, it occupies a leading position in the world.

“Cliff”, beginning with the Afghan conflict and to this day, shows its high shooting and operational qualities. It works stably in high dust and humidity, in the temperature range from -50 to +50 degrees. At a distance of up to 600 meters, it penetrates the armor of armored personnel carriers-infantry fighting vehicles and armored vehicles of increased cross-country ability, destroys protective structures made of brick and concrete. Due to its high rate of fire, it is capable of striking helicopters and other low-flying targets. Its design features make the NSV-12.7 machine gun an unsurpassed model in terms of reliability, survivability and ease of maintenance. The machine gun is designed to engage lightly armored ground, sea and air low-flying targets, as well as firing points, anti-tank weapons and group living targets at a distance of up to 2,000 m.

“Utes” can be used as part of combat installations on tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, boats, cars, in twin anti-aircraft guns. At a distance of up to 2 thousand meters, it can conduct aimed fire at the enemy’s manpower and be used as an “anti-sniper”. Thanks to innovative solutions, the recoil of the machine gun is reduced by 95–98%, while ensuring high accuracy and accuracy of fire. Differs in light weight, modular layout, quick-detachable barrel. The modular design of the machine gun and the tripod machine allows you to transfer the machine gun to hard-to-reach places (the largest part weighs 16 kg.) For 40 years it has been in service with 38 countries of the world.

Nursultan Nazarbayev visited ZKMK JSC

During his visit to the West Kazakhstan region, the President of Kazakhstan got acquainted with the production process of equipment and components used in the production and transportation of hydrocarbons.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev was shown the technological capacities of the enterprise, as well as samples of manufactured defense products – small arms and ammunition.

JSC “West Kazakhstan Machine-Building Company” is an enterprise with thirty years of experience and a developed infrastructure of machine-building. The plant is one of the leading enterprises in Kazakhstan for the development and production of high-tech equipment:

The production of the company is equipped with a high-tech fleet of equipment, including welding, metal-bending, metal-cutting, metal-working, foundry, press-forging, thermal and galvanic equipment, which makes it possible to produce a wide range of machine-building products.