NOTE: This article is about AK-74s featured in main ArmA games. For East German AK-74s in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC, see AK-74 (Global Mobilization).


The AK-74 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle that has been featured in all of the ArmA games to date, beginning with ArmA: Cold War Assault and all the way to ArmA 3.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« The AK-74 assault rifle was manufactured in 1979 by Avtomat Kalashnikova, to replace the aging AK-47. The Kalashnikov sub-machineguns are well known for their reliability. The AK-74 was designed for army personnel and law and order forces.
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AK-74 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Icon-side-greenfor.png Nogovan Partisans
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.0002 rad (semi)
0.0008 rad (burst)
0.0004 rad (full)
Variants AK-74 GL, AK-74 SU
Games
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The AK-74 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AK-74 is used by both Soviet military forces and Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

The AK-74 is a selective fire assault rifle that is chambered to fire the ubiquitous 5.45×39 mm round.

It loads from 30-round plastic magazines, is capable of attaining a fire rate of up to 650 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The AK-74 is accurate at a distance of up to 400 metres.

Replacing the long-outdated AK-47, the AK-74 was the latest model in the Kalashnikov assault rifle family. It was primarily used by the Soviet military, though stocks of AK-74s also fell into the hands of Nogovan guerilla groups. The AK-74's ubiquity meant that ammunition for it was plentiful.

Soviet AT rifleman wielding an AK-74.

Unlike the older AK-47, the AK-74 fires the smaller but lighter 5.45 mm round. Though it has reduced stopping power compared to the AK-47's 7.62 mm round, the AK-74 makes up for it by being far more accurate at distances of beyond 250 metres. It also has far less recoil, which makes it easier to control when firing on full auto.

In several respects, the AK-74 is also slightly superior to its American counterpart in close quarters. Whereas the M16A2 is limited to a 3-round burst fire mode only, the AK-74 has access to all three modes (semi-auto, burst, full auto) and does not leave its user vulnerable should they miss their initial shots.


Variants

AK-74 GL

AK-74 GL 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Calibre 5.45×39 mm / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Dispersion 0.0002 rad (semi)
0.0008 rad (burst)
0.0004 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AK-74 SU
Games
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The AK-74 GL 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AK-74 GL is a modified version of the baseline AK-74 rifle that has an underbarrel grenade launcher fitted onto it.

The AK-74's GP-25 grenade launcher is accurate at distances of up to 250 metres, and can launch either high-explosive (HE) or flare rounds.

AK-74 SU

« The version was developed from the AK-74, but radically differs from it in terms of the design of separate units and combat characteristics. The AK-74 SU features a short barrel, lesser muzzle velocity, high rate of fire, but more lower consistency of fire, compared to thet of AK-74. The AK-74 SU is intended for special subunits of airborne troops, combat engineers and drivers of combat vehicles.
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AK-74 SU 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Type Carbine
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.0002 rad (semi)
0.0008 rad (burst)
0.0004 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AK-74 GL
Games
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The AK-74 SU 5.45 mm carbine.

The AK-74 SU is a carbine variant of the baseline AK-74 rifle. It fires the same 5.45 mm round as its parent, and is largely identical in all other aspects.

It is the primary weapon of Soviet ground vehicle and aircraft crewmen, as well as Spetsnaz operatives. Aside from its shorter barrel it is barely any different (statistically) to regular AK-74s.


Ammunition

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
9 900

For grenade rounds usable with the GP-25, refer to its dedicated article here.

All three variants of the AK-74 support loading only one type of magazine. It requires one inventory slot to carry:

AK74 Mag.

30-round plastic magazine loaded with 5.45 mm ball ammunition.


Trivia

  • Oddly enough, the AK-74 seems to use the same model as the AK-47 with only slight adjustments made to the AK-74's stock, muzzle brake and magazine (both weapons are mechanically different in real-life).
    • The AK-74 SU even appears to be a retextured AK-47, with its magazine clearly being a curved steel magazine rather than plastic.

Gallery

ArmA: Armed Assault

« The AK-74 is the successor to the famous AK-47, resizing its caliber to 5.45mm, probably as reaction to the ubiquitous 5.56mm NATO.
The most visible modification is the muzzle brake. This muzzle brake drastically cuts the already mild recoil of the AK-74 but increases noise and muzzle flash.
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The AK-74 is used exclusively by the SLA in ArmA: Armed Assault.


Variants

AK-74 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.00125 rad (semi)
0.00125 rad (burst)
0.00125 rad (full)
Variants AK-74 + GP-25, AKS-74 PSO, AKS-74U
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The Armed Assault AK-74 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AK-74 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle used exclusively by SLA forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

The AK-74 returns from Cold War Assault and is the service weapon of all SLA infantry. It continues to load from 30-round plastic magazines and can achieve a fire rate of up to 600 RPM. The AK-74 is not available in any variants fitted with optical sights or muzzle attachments.

Moderately powerful and simple to use, the AK-74 is a decent assault rifle that is generally accurate out to a range of between roughly 400-500 metres.

Because the baseline weapon lacks optical sights and has hard-to-use tangential ironsights, it can be somewhat difficult to reliably land shots at these distances. Which in practice, limits its actual effective range to just 300-350 metres or less.

AK-74 + GP-25 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Calibre 5.45×39 mm / 40 mm GP-25
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Dispersion 0.00125 rad (semi)
0.00125 rad (burst)
0.00125 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AKS-74 PSO, AKS-74U
Games
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The AK-74 + GP-25 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AK-74 + GP-25 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle used exclusively by SLA forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

The AK-74 + GP-25 is simply a modified AK-74 that has been fitted with an underbarrel grenade launcher.

The underbarrel GP-25 can load either 40 mm high-explosive (HE) or illumination flare rounds. Its 40 mm grenades are not interchangeable with those used by the M4 carbine or the M16A4's M203 (and vice versa).

AKS-74 PSO 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.00125 rad (semi)
0.00125 rad (burst)
0.00125 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AK-74 + GP-25, AKS-74U
Games
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The AKS-74 PSO 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AKS-74 PSO is a 5.45 mm assault rifle used exclusively by SLA forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

The AKS-74 PSO is a slightly modified variant of the baseline rifle. Aesthetically, it uses a metallic stock rather than a fixed wooden one.

The AKS-74 PSO's primary advantage lies in its telescopic sight, which is always attached to it by default. The scope effectively extends its range to just over 400 metres and makes aiming at those distances easier.

However it is slightly more cumbersome to wield, and remains statistically identical to its parent weapon when it comes to accuracy, fire rate and recoil.

« The AKS-74U is a personal defense weapon for vehicles and helicopter crews, and for the special operations forces, who require a compact and relatively powerful weapon in a single package.
While the AKS-74U is the size a typical submachine gun, it has the advantage of using the standard assault rifle ammunition and magazines.
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AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Arma1-icon-aks74u.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Carbine
Calibre 5.45×39 mm / 5.45×39 mm SD
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.00175 rad (semi)
0.00175 rad (burst)
0.00175 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AK-74 + GP-25, AKS-74 PSO
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The AKS-74U 5.45 mm carbine.

The AKS-74U is a 5.45 mm carbine used exclusively by SLA forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

The AKS-74U is a carbine variant of the baseline AK-74 rifle. Aside from having almost twice as much dispersion against targets located beyond 250 metres, the AKS-74U is largely indifferent overall performance-wise.

This is the only variant of the AK-74 that can be fitted with a sound suppressor. It is designated as the AKS-74UN and can load the same magazines as its parent weapon.


Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
5.45×39 mm 8 900
5.45×39 mm SD 8 320

For grenade rounds usable with the GP-25, refer to its dedicated article here.

All three variants of the AK-74 support being loaded with two types of magazines. They each occupy a single inventory slot:

30Rnd. AK

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30-round plastic magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.

30Rnd. AK SD

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Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.45 mm ammunition. Rounds fired from this magazine specifically have a lower muzzle velocity of 320 m/s.


Trivia

  • The AKS-74 PSO variant was not added until the release of Patch 1.04.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The AK-74 is the successor to the infamous AK-47, resizing its caliber to 5.45mm, probably in response to the ubiquity of the 5.56mm NATO round. The most visible modification is the muzzle brake. This muzzle brake drastically cuts the already mild recoil of the AK-74 but increases noise and muzzle flash.
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The AK-74 is used by several OPFOR, Independent and BLUFOR factions in ArmA 2.


Variants

AK-74 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-greenfor.png United Nations
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Militia
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.00125 rad (semi)
0.00125 rad (burst)
0.00125 rad (full)
Variants AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74, AKS-74U
Games
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The ArmA 2 AK-74 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AK-74 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle used by several OPFOR, Independent and BLUFOR factions in ArmA 2.

Returning from Armed Assault, the AK-74 has largely remained unchanged aside from the addition of a few more variants.

Once again, it still loads from 30-round plastic magazines and has an identical rate of fire. The AK-74 is now available in a variety of models with various optical sights and muzzle attachments fitted.

The AK-74 is the most widely used weapon in-game, with all Chernarussian factions using the weapon in some form as their main weapon. Most notably, it is used by the CDF, NAPA guerrillas, Takistani guerillas, and by the Chernarussian contingent of UN peacekeepers as their standard assault rifle.

It is also used in limited (albeit still significant) numbers by ChDKZ insurgents, the Takistani military and by militia groups allied to the army.

Compared to its antiquated counterpart, the AK-74 fires a smaller and slightly less powerful round, but is lighter to carry and is more accurate at longer ranges.

Overall performance has been largely uncharged like its predecessor in Armed Assault, resulting in the AK-74 continuing to remain as a rugged and reliable weapon in the right hands.

However against the American M16A4 and Mk16 rifles, the AK-74 is vastly inferior accuracy-wise. It has almost 25% increased dispersion against targets located beyond ~ 460 metres, making the AK-74 almost as inaccurate as carbines but with none of the advantages of the latter.

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« The AK-74 is the successor to the infamous AK-47, resizing its caliber to 5.45mm, probably in response to the ubiquity of the 5.56mm NATO round.
This version features an additional GP-25 40mm grenade launcher.
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AK-74 GP-25 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-greenfor.png United Nations
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Militia
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Calibre 5.45×39 mm / 40 mm GP-25
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Dispersion 0.00125 rad (semi)
0.00125 rad (burst)
0.00125 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AKS-74, AKS-74U
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The AK-74 GP-25 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AK-74 GP-25 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle used by several OPFOR, Independent and BLUFOR factions in ArmA 2.

The AK-74 GP-25 is simply a modified variant of the baseline AK-74 that has been fitted with an underbarrel grenade launcher.

The underbarrel GP-25 can load a variety of 40 mm high-explosive (HE), smoke or flare grenades. Note that its 40 mm grenades are not interchangeable with those used by the M4A1/M16A4's M203, nor those of the EGLM used by the SCAR series of assault/battle rifles (and vice versa).

There is also an additional variant of the AK-74 GP-25 that has a Kobra collimator sight mounted on top by default, and is designated as the AK-74 GP-25 Kobra. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion.

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« The AKS-74 is the successor to the famous AK-47, resizing its caliber to 5.45mm, probably as reaction to the ubiquitous 5.56mm NATO.
The most visible modification is the muzzle brake. This muzzle brake drastically cuts the already mild recoil of the AKS-74 but increases noise and muzzle flash.
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AKS-74 5.45 mm
Arma2-icon-aks74.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-greenfor.png United Nations
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Militia
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.00125 rad (semi)
0.00125 rad (burst)
0.00125 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74U
Games
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The AKS-74 5.45 mm assault rifle.

The AKS-74 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle used by several OPFOR, Independent and BLUFOR factions in ArmA 2.

The AKS-74 is a modified variant of the baseline rifle that has a folding stock. It is virtually identical to the baseline rifle aside from the stock. The AKS-74 is notable for being the only variant of the AK-74 that has the most options when it comes to accesories.

These choices range from the Kobra collimator to the PSO-1 telescopic sight, and the NSPU night vision sight. However unlike with the AKS-74U, there are no variants of the AKS-74 that have suppressors attached by default.

There is also an additional variant that has a GOSHAWK thermal scope mounted on top, and is designated as the AKS-74 GOSHAWK. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion.

« The AKS-74U is a personal defense weapon for vehicles and helicopter crews, and for the special operations forces, who require a compact and relatively powerful weapon in a single package.
While the AKS-74U is the size a typical submachine gun, it has the advantage of using the standard assault rifle ammunition and magazines.
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AKS-74U 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-greenfor.png United Nations
Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Type Carbine
Calibre 5.45×39 mm / 5.45×39 mm SD
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.002 rad (semi)
0.002 rad (burst)
0.002 rad (full)
Variants AK-74, AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74
Games
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The AKS-74U 5.45 mm carbine.

The AKS-74U is a 5.45 mm carbine used by several OPFOR, Independent and BLUFOR factions in ArmA 2.

The AKS-74U is a carbine variant of the baseline weapon. Normally carried by tank crews, pilots and team leaders, it is virtually identical in all other aspects aside from having a smaller effective range compared to its rifle counterpart due to its shorter barrel (and being slightly less accurate as a result).

There is also an additional variant of the AKS-74U that has a Kobra optic mounted on top and a suppressor attached to the muzzle. This specific variant is designated as the AKS-74UN Kobra and is exclusively used by the Takistani Army's elite troops.

This variant is also chambered to fire the same 5.45×39 mm round but uses special subsonic ammunition that can only be loaded by the AKS-74UN (the magazines themselves are not interchangeable).


Camouflage

  • Black: Black/dark grey scheme with wooden furniture and stock. Applied onto baseline AK-74s and AKS-74s (AKS-74s use a black stock).
  • Plum: Black finish with plum-coloured furniture. Exclusive to AKS-74U carbines.

Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
5.45×39 mm 7 -0.001412 900
5.45×39 mm SD 8 -0.0006 320

For grenade rounds usable with the GP-25, refer to its dedicated article here.

All three variants of the AK-74 support being loaded with two types of magazines. They each occupy a single inventory slot:

30Rnd. AK

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30-round plastic magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.

30Rnd. AK SD

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Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.45 mm ammunition. Rounds fired from this magazine specifically have a lower muzzle velocity of 320 m/s.


Trivia

  • Russian soldiers in ArmA 2 are unauthentically depicted with carrying the AK-107 as their service rifle instead of an improved AK-74 variant designated as the "AK-74M" (GRAU index code: 6P34). As of 2019, the AK-74M was still the standard-issue weapon of the Russian military.

Gallery

ArmA 3

« The AKS-74U is basically a shortened AK-74, which enabled significant production savings. Like the AK-74, this variant is also chambered in 5.45x39 mm, but its compact dimensions make it suitable for special forces, vehicle crews, police patrols, etcetera. However, the lower muzzle velocity makes the AKS-74U effective up to around 400 meters only.
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AKS-74U 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-greenfor.png Syndikat
Icon-side-blufor.png Loyalists
Icon-side-greenfor.png L'Ensemble
Icon-side-redfor.png Gendarmerie
Type Carbine
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.00203 rad
Mass 80
Variants None
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The AKS-74U 5.45 mm carbine.

The AKS-74U is used by several Independent, BLUFOR and OPFOR factions, as well as with Livonian criminals in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.

Overview

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Favoured by both criminals and insurgents alike, the AKS-74U continues to remain as a compact and reliable carbine in ArmA 3.

It still loads from 30-round plastic magazines but now has a fire rate that can reach up to 705 RPM. The AKS-74U has a muzzle velocity of 735 m/s but unlike its ArmA 2 counterpart, the ArmA 3 AKS-74U lacks the ability to mount accessories and cannot be fitted with muzzle attachments.

The AKS-74U is best suited for close quarters combat thanks to its compact dimensions, light weight and minimal inertia penality. It has a maximum zeroing range of 600 metres but given its shortened barrel length and increased dispersion, the AKS-74U is mostly useless for targets beyond 300 metres.

Due to its low muzzle velocity and below average fire rate (only the MXC's fire rate is less than that of the AKS-74U's), the AKS-74U is quite a niche carbine that has too few upsides and plenty of disadvantages. Unless there are no alternatives to be had, the AKS-74U should always be discarded in favour of better carbines in its class.


Ammunition

Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
8 -0.0013 735 6.615

The AKS-74U supports four types of magazines. They all have identical weights of 8 "mass" apiece:

5.45 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Yellow) Mag

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30-round plastic magazine. The last four rounds will always consist of yellow tracers.

5.45 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Green) Mag

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Identical to regular 30-rounders, but the last four tracers are coloured in green instead.

5.45 mm 30Rnd Tracer (Yellow) Mag

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Contains 30 rounds worth of visible yellow tracers.

5.45 mm 30Rnd Tracer (Green) Mag

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Identical to yellow tracer magazines but consists of 30 green-coloured tracers instead.


Trivia

  • It is one of the few weapons in ArmA 3 that uses its real-world manufacturer name.
  • Prior to the release of the Tac-Ops DLC, the AKS-74U was exclusively portrayed as a Syndikat-only weapon. It was later changed with the release of the DLC's first scenario, Beyond Hope, which showed the weapon in use by Altian government loyalists (the predecessors of the modern-day FIA).
    • The Old Man mini-campaign/scenario also depicts Tanoan Gendarmerie officers wielding the AKS-74U, though only some tactical units utilise it in lieu of the Protector SMG.

Gallery

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

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