If images circulating on #Twitter are any indication, #Russia is testing out an ammo-backpack for a giant gun called #TheScorpio - developed by #FrontTacticalSystems, reportedly satisfying a request from the #Russian military as a method of increasing machine gun efficiency, reports Task & Purpose citing The Firearm Blog. The setup is straight out of Predator, and is similar to a backpack-fed machine gun rigged by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vincent Winkowski in 2011 during a 2 1/2 hour firefight in #Afghanistan.
Russian PKP being tested with a belt-feeding backpack [1199×758] - #army #military pic.twitter.com/4xVbruZnQx — Army Complex (@ArmyComplex) May 24, 2018
The Russian PKP Pencheneg machine gun is nearly four feet long and fires 7.62x54mm ammo at 600-800 RPM.
The #UnitedStates previously developed a similar system when the inventive U.S. #Army Staff Sgt. Vincent Winkowski threw together a backpack-fed machine gun on the battlefield during a firefight with the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th #Infantry Division, #IowaNationalGuard in Afghanistan in October 2011, citing the M-134 backpack-fed #minigun touted by Ventura’s Sgt. Blain Cooper in the 1987 action classic. -Task & Purpose "When we first arrived in theater in late October (2010), we were issued the #Mk 48 7.62 mm #machineguns," Winkowski said. "This was a new piece of equipment for us, and we struggled to come up with a solution for carrying and employing ammunition for it due to our small size and the inability to have a designated #ammo bearer, as is common doctrine with the #M240B." "The #ammunition sacks that came with it made it too cumbersome and heavy to carry over long, dismounted patrols and especially when climbing mountains. Initially, we came up with using 50-round #belts and just #reloading constantly, which led to lulls of fire and inefficiency."