SVD Sniper Rifle
This weapon was introduced into the Russian Armed Forces in 1967. Its role was to satisfy the need identified for a means of long range engagement capability for Russian Forces. This capability had been lost with the adoption of the AK family of weapons which are for close to medium engagement.
The abbreviation SVD means Sniper Rifle System of Draganov Model of the year 1963. It is a sniper/marksman self loading semi automatic rifle is chambered in 7.62x54R. The weapon is scoped and its role along with that of the operator is to engage targets at medium to long distance with rapid aimed fire. The weapon is issued at section level and its role is to allow the operator to engage selected targets to include Officers, NCO’s and radio operators. Other targets such as vehicle equipment can also be engaged by utilizing specialist ammunition manufactured for that purpose. The rifle is light and accurate and target engagement to 800 meters and beyond is within the rifle’s capabilities.
Highgate has blank firing SVDS that emulators can use in their role as sniper elements. This system brings to the emulation role the real capability of the threat that forces now face world wide.