The RPK, or Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova (Russian: Ручной пулемёт Калашникова; English: Kalashnikov hand-held machine gun) is a Soviet/Russian light machine gun, developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the late 1950s. It was put into service with the Soviet Army in 1961. Several countries have copied the design and were produced, as well as many others exported, especially after the Soviet Army replaced it with the RPK-74, which, it too was copied and exported, especially to African, Asian, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern countries. As of now, the RPK is currently used by both the Axis of Empires (most members uses the modernized RPK-74M variant), and the Coalition of Independent States, along with independent factions such as Al Qaeda and the Eldar.

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