Washington, July 27. The ADF was developed for special operations and therefore is a truly “amphibious” weapon for use by divers in the Russian army, writes the National Interest.
American edition author Peter Suciu introduced readers with ADS (two-medium special automatic machine). The expert emphasizes that this is a unique weapon that compares favorably with other models of its weapons. FAN presents a translation of an article by a regular columnist for the National Interest.
Are water and weapons incompatible?
While modern military firearms can be exposed to water and still perform well enough, only a few weapons can withstand being submerged in water for longer. In addition, weapons designed for work on land simply perform worse underwater.
The Russian ADS assault rifle addresses these issues. It was developed for special operations and therefore is a truly “amphibious” weapon for use by divers (whom the author calls submarine fighters) in the Russian army.
The rifle was developed in 2007 and first introduced in 2013. It is intended to replace the outdated APS (special submarine assault rifle or special underwater assault rifle), which was developed in the Soviet Union in the early 1970s.
The ADS is very compact, measuring just under 27 inches (68.6 cm) in length, but still has a full 16-inch barrel, the same length as a standard AK-74 assault rifle. This is a selective-fire gas weapon that fires from a closed bolt.
A muffler can be installed on the rifle. In addition, there is a built-in 40mm grenade launcher that can fire VOG-25 grenades and has an effective range of almost 450 yards (411.5 meters).
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The uniqueness of ADS
The author emphasizes that ammunition makes a rifle unique. The compact ADS is designed for the standard 5.45×39 mm M74 cartridge and is compatible with AK-74 magazines. For use in water – including underwater – ADS requires a special projectile that uses a longer, flat-ended bullet to create a hydrodynamic cavity to minimize drag. This ammunition is 5.45×39 mm for PCP.
On land with conventional ammunition, the assault rifle has an effective range of 550 yards (502.9 meters), which is comparable to other standard assault rifles, and has a muzzle velocity of about 1,000 yards (914.5 meters) per second. When used underwater, conventional ammunition will have a range of less than 10 feet (3.05 meters) – which is why special tipped bullets are required. But with special underwater munitions, ADF is effective at depths of up to 65 feet.
Previously FAN reported that readers of the American edition of Fox News left laudatory comments about the Checkmate single-engine light fighter, which was presented by Rostec at the MAKS-2021 International Air Show. Netizens admitted that Russia is creating excellent military weapons. Checkmate is more compact than the fifth generation Su-57 fighter. In addition, the new aircraft is cheaper than its world counterparts.