Lobaev Arms (Tarusa, Kaluga region) has developed a rifle that is unparalleled throughout the world. The SVLK-14C “Twilight” can hit targets at a distance beyond three km, Lobaev Arms’ Director Nicholay Lobaev told RNS at the Interpolitex exhibition.
“Last year, we successfully shot at 3,400 metres. We then made a number of upgrades, slightly lengthened the barrel, and made a heavier bullet. This year, we hope to show a new distance record,” Lobaev said.
The company is preparing for test shooting and expects that, this time, the weapon will hit targets at 4,000-4,200 metres. Lobaev noted that one of the problems related to the testing is that it is difficult to find a shooting range in the European part of Russia that is appropriately equipped for aimed fire at this distance.
According to experts, no sniper weapon in the world has ever been able to show such a result. In particular, Lobaev Arms has done comparative tests of their weapons and the German AMP DSR-1 long-range sniper rifle, which is used by some European special forces and costs about 2.5 million roubles in Russia. The Russian sample showed much better results while shooting at maximum distance.
The Tarusa-based company plans to significantly increase its production volume of long-range sniper weapons. Today, about 25 firearms are produced per month. By mid-2017, the company expects to reach a production rate of 100 rifles per month. The price of one sample, depending on the configuration, ranges from 360,000 to two million roubles. American analogues, whose performance is worse than that of the Tarusa rifles, cost around $70,000 in the US.
The sight-in range of a common sniper rifle used by the armed forces is about 1,000-1,200 metres. Mass media reported earlier that Russia was developing a “smart bullet” for sniper weapons capable of hitting targets at ten kilometres. The results have still not been reported, as the “Felt pen” project is classified.