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UKM-2000
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UKM-2000P
Type General-purpose machine gun
Place of origin  Poland
Service history
Used by Poland
Wars Iraq War, War in Afghanistan
Production history
Designed 2000
Manufacturer Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów
Variants UKM-2000P, UKM-2000D, UKM-2000C
Specifications
Weight 8.4 kg (18.52 lb)
Length 1,203 mm (47.4 in)
Barrel length 547 mm (21.5 in)

Cartridge 7.62x51mm NATO
Action Gas-actuated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600-700 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 840 m/s (2,756 ft/s)
Feed system Belt (100, 200 or 250-round)

The Zakłady Mechaniczne "Tarnów" UKM-2000 is a 7.62x51 mm NATO general-purpose machine gun designed in Tarnów, Poland.

Development[]

On March 12, 1999 Poland joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. A problem arose with modifying the weapons of the Polish Army to use the standard NATO ammunition. A decision was made to develop a new general-purpose machine gun. The construction was based on the design of the successful PK/PKS machine gun.

The UKM-2000C is a primary arment on Polish M-ATV, some Hummvies (UKM-2000P or WKM-B) and is a secondary arment of KTO Rosomak IFV.

There is a proposal of modernization of the Polish UKM-2000 general purpose machine gun (GPMG) fed by 7.62x51mm NATO to the new UKM-2013 standard. The upgraded GPMG will be equipped with a new folding and telescopic buttstock with a cheekpiece and additional grip/pod, the integrated Picatinny rail with iron sight and 3-rail forehand attached to the gas tube, new grip, new cocking handle new safety switch selector, a new 440-mm barrel (as an option) plus some additional internal changes. The Polish Army is interested in this machine gun fed from the 100-round soft ammo bag instead of a steel box. Because of external similarity to the Russian PKM GPMG chambered to the 7.62x54mmR some elements like a buttstock, a grip or a forehand with rails will able to be used with the Kalashnikov design.[1]

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