NOTE: This article is about the SVD Dragunov in the main ArmA games. For SVDs in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC, see SVD (Global Mobilization).


The SVD Dragunov is a 7.62 mm sniper rifle featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« The 7.62-mm Dragunov is a single-target sniper rifle designed to destroy open or screened, static or moving targets, which fires bullets in single shots. The optical sight features a comprehensive reticule which is used to measure the distance of targets from 300m to 1300m. The individual marks on the reticule represent these distances as a scale and must be calibrated before use.
Weapon Description
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SVD 7.62 mm
OFP-icon-svd.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Icon-side-greenfor.png Nogovan Partisans
Type Sniper Rifle / DMR
Calibre 7.62×54 mm
Magazine
capacity
10
Dispersion 0.00003 rad
Variants None
Games
OFP-logo.png
The SVD 7.62 mm sniper rifle.

The SVD is used by both the Soviet military, as well as in limited numbers with the Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

The SVD is a gas operated, semi-automatic sniper rifle that is chambered to fire the 7.62×54 mm round.

It loads from 10-round curved magazines, is capable of attaining a fire rate of up to 200 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The SVD is accurate at a distance of up to 800 metres.

The SVD is the Soviet counterpart to the American M21 sniper rifle. Like the M21, the SVD is also a semi-automatic sniper rifle that excels in attacking targets from long ranges. Its telescopic sight has a magnification strength of 4x, which lets its operator see targets more clearly from a safe distance.

Compared to the M21, the SVD has greater stopping power over long ranges. Its main drawback is the small capacity of its magazine, which has 10 rounds less than the M21. So in spite of its higher rate of fire, every single round counts and shouldn't be wasted. The other issue is its usage of a fixed magnification scope (the SVD's scope has a fixed magnification strength and cannot be zoomed in with).


Ammunition

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
10 900

The SVD only supports one type of magazine. It requires one free inventory slot to carry:

SVD Dragunov Mag.

10-round curved magazine.


Trivia

  • The first person level-of-detail view of the in-game SVD strangely lacks its front sight even though it remains visible in third person.

Gallery

ArmA: Armed Assault

« The SVD was designed as a sharpshooter's rifle, rather than a sniper rifle. In fact, the main role of the SVD in the Soviet Army was to increase the effective range of an infantry squad’s fire to 600 meters by providing precision fire support.
The SVD is a lightweight and accurate rifle, cabable of semi-auto fire and equipped with 4x24 PSO-1 scope. The SVD is extremely reliable in all conditions.
Library Description
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SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Arma2-icon-svd.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png SLA
Type Sniper Rifle / DMR
Calibre 7.62×54 mm
Magazine
capacity
10
Dispersion 0.0005 rad
Variants None
Games
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The SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm sniper rifle.

The SVD Dragunov is used exclusively by SLA forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The SVD returns in Armed Assault and serves as the standard-issue weapon of SLA snipers.

It still loads from 10-round curved magazines, and has a maximum fire rate of up to 600 RPM with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The SVD is almost always fitted with the PSO telescopic sight.

Compared to the American M24, the SVD has identical dispersion against long distance targets but has a low-powered PSO scope that is more useful in urban areas. Consequently, it isn't nearly as easy to aim with at longer ranges and will fall off sharply against targets located beyond ~ 700 metres.


Ammunition

Arma1-ammunition-10rndsvd.png

Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
12 900

The SVD only supports one type of magazine. It requires one free inventory slot to carry:

SVD Dragunov Mag.

10-round curved magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.


Trivia

  • Prior to Patch 1.04, the reticle markings on the SVD's optical scope were erroneously labelled and fell off sharply against targets beyond ~ 580 metres. This was eventually fixed following the patch, which correctly gave it a default zeroing of 200 metres per mark instead.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The SVD was designed as a sharpshooter's rifle, rather than a sniper rifle. In fact the main role of the SVD in the Soviet Army was to increase the effective range of an infantry squad's fire to 600 meters by providing precision fire support. The SVD is a lightweight and accurate rifle, capable of semi-auto fire and equipped with a 4x24 PSO-1 scope. The SVD is extremely reliable in all conditions.
Armoury Description
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SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Arma2-icon-svd.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-blufor.png ACR
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-greenfor.png NAPA
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png United Nations
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Type Sniper Rifle / DMR
Calibre 7.62×54 mm
Magazine
capacity
10
Dispersion 0.00025 rad
Variants None
Games
Arma 2 logo.png

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The SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm sniper rifle.

The SVD Dragunov is used by several BLUFOR, OPFOR and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview

The SVD once again returns in ArmA 2 and now serves as the sniper weapon of several factions.

It still loads from 10-round curved magazines but has a reduced fire rate of only 400 RPM. Its muzzle velocity has also been reduced to only 870 m/s as opposed to 900, but is still fitted with the PSO telescopic sight as standard.

An alternate variant with the NSPU night vision scope attached is also available. The SVD cannot be suppressed or be fitted with laser pointers/flashlights, nor can it be zeroed.

The SVD is a somewhat unique weapon in that it combines the attributes of a designated marksman rifle and a sniper rifle in one weapon.

With an effective range of between 800 metres and up to a maximum of 1,200 metres, it can hit distant targets with much better accuracy than the DMR while being able to fire as rapidly (as the shooter can pull the trigger) as the Mk17 Sniper due to being a semi-automatic weapon.

Takistani anti-government rebel sharpshooter with an SVD. Note the attached PSO-1 telescopic sight.

Compared to all of its American counterparts, it's still arguably the superior weapon in that respect; not to mention that ammunition for the SVD is plentiful owing to the proliferation of Russian 7.62 mm-chambered firearms amongst most of the Chernarussian and Takistani factions.

Because of the low-powered zoom of the PSO scope, the SVD also performs well in built-up areas as a designated marksman rifle.

However when it comes to absolute precision at long ranges (800 metres or more), then the SVD still falls off significantly compared to dedicated sniper rifles like the M24. The SVD lacks any models that are fitted with riflescopes with variable magnification, its ability to effectively engage targets at those ranges is quite limited.


Camouflage

  • Black: Standard matte black paint finish with a wooden stock and furniture.
  • Woodland: Barrel and optic are covered in a ghillie wrap designed to blend into a forested environment. Primarily used by both Russian Army snipers and NAPA sharpshooters.
  • Desert: Barrel and optic are covered in a ghillie wrap designed to blend into arid/semi-arid environments. Exclusive to Takistani Army snipers.

Ammunition

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
12 -0.00096 870

The SVD only supports one type of magazine. It requires one free inventory slot to carry:

SVD Dragunov Mag.

10-round curved magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.


Trivia

  • The desert and NSPU-equipped variants of the SVD were not initially available in ArmA 2, and were only added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
  • Like the RPG-7V and AK-74 assault rifle, the SVD is also one of the most common firearms in ArmA 2 as it is used by almost every faction on BLUFOR and OPFOR, as well as with various Independent factions.

Gallery

External links

See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

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