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NOTE: This article is about the RPK-74 in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC. For the weapon of the same name featured in the main ArmA games, see RPK-74.


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LMG RPK-74 5.45 mm
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png East Germany
Type Light Support Weapon
Calibre 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
45 / 30
Dispersion 0.0008727 rad
Mass 88.8889
Variants None
Games
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The LMG RPK-74 5.45 mm light support weapon.

The LMG RPK-74 is a 5.45 mm light support weapon used exclusively by East German military forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC.

Overview

The LMG RPK-74 is a selective-fire, gas operated light support weapon that is chambered to fire the 5.45×39 mm round.

It loads from 45-round curved magazines but can also be fed with 30-round plastic magazines used by the AK-74 assault rifle. It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 652 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 945 m/s. The LMG RPK-74 does not support being fitted with suppressors or bayonets, but can mount optical scopes and night sights. Additionally, it utilises an integral folding bipod.

East German autorifleman with the LMG RPK-74.

Compared to the 7.62 mm-chambered LMG RPK, the LMG RPK-74 has the same amount of recoil, retains a similar effective firing range of between 400-500 metres, and also features a folding bipod.

The LMG RPK-74's upsides lie in its higher fire rate of ~ 652 RPM (versus the LMG RPK's 600) as well as the weapon itself being easier to carry - a benefit of it using the lighter 5.45 mm cartridge. Furthermore, the 5.45 mm round has greater reach and accuracy. Combined with the RPK-74's longer barrel, this allows it to reliably hit targets as far as 700 metres away.

However unlike the 7.62 mm LMG RPK, the LMG RPK-74's 5.45 mm round is quite lacklustre and doesn't retain as much stopping power against armoured targets. Its magazines also contain 25 less rounds while weighing the same as the LMG RPK's 75-round drums, rendering its magazines highly inefficient stamina-wise.

Overall, choosing between the 5.45 mm/7.62 mm RPKs is dependent on mission requirements. The 5.45 mm RPK is better for both close quarters and long range (and being less of a pain to carry), while the 7.62 mm RPK hits harder and stores more rounds per drum but places a heavier burden on the user's stamina.

Camouflage

  • Brown: Black finish with light brown furniture and stock.
  • Plum: Black finish with plum-coloured furniture and stock.

Ammunition

NOTE: The LMG RPK-74 can load the same magazines utilised by non-Global Mobilization 5.45 mm-chambered weapons. To minimise clutter, they are deliberately excluded from this section.

Round name Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
7N6 9.55 -0.00091310003 900 3.9825
7T3 9.55 -0.00091310003 900 3.9825

The LMG RPK-74 can load eight types of magazines; four are standard 45-round curved magazines and the remainder are 30-rounders shared with the AK-74 rifle.

The 45-round magazines weigh a total of 18.35 "mass" each while the 30-rounders only weigh 12.24 "mass". All are available in either Orange or Plum colour schemes:

5.45 mm 45Rnd Ball 7N6 Mag

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Standard 45-round curved magazine.

5.45 mm 45Rnd Ball-T 7T3 Mag

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Tracer magazine.

5.45 mm 30Rnd Ball 7N6 Mag

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Alternate 30-round magazine used by AK-74 assault rifles.

5.45 mm 30Rnd Ball-T 7T3 Mag

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Alternate tracer magazine.

Trivia

  • On release, the RPK-74 shared the same muzzle velocity with the AK-74. This was later changed in Update 1.2 to properly reflect its longer barrel length.

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany
Handguns LP1 26.5 mmP1 9 mmPM 9 mmP2A1 26.5 mmwz. 78 26.5 mm
Submachine guns MP2A1 9 mmPM-63 9 mmSG5A2 9 mm (A3, SD2, SD3)
Assault rifles AKM 7.62 mm (N, Pallad) • C7A1 5.56 mmG3A3 7.62 mm (A4, A3 DMR, A4 EBR) • G36A1 5.56 mm (G36E) • GV M/95 5.56 mmM16A1 5.56 mm (M16A2) • MPi AK-74 5.45 mm (AKS-74, AKS-74K) • MPi KM-72 7.62 mm (KMS-72)
Squad automatic weapons LMG RPK 7.62 mmLMG RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns HMG PKM 7.62 mmMG3 7.62 mm
Designated marksman rifles SVD 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers GraPiwz.83 Pallad-D
Launchers FIM-43M72A3 LAWPzF 3PzF 44-2PzF 84RPG-7Strela-2M
Static DShKMFagotLATGMMG3 - Anti Air TripodSearchlightSPG-9
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma3-factionicon-gmcwgeastgermany.png East Germany - Armoury (Global Mobilization)
Handguns LP1 26.5 mmPM 9 mm
Submachine guns PM-63 9 mm
Assault rifles MPi AK-74 5.45 mm (AKS-74, AKS-74K) • MPi KM-72 7.62 mm (KMS-72)
Squad automatic weapons LMG RPK 7.62 mmLMG RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns HMG PKM 7.62 mm
Designated marksman rifles SVD 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-7Strela-2M
Static DShKMFagotSearchlightSPG-9
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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