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KPV heavy machine gun

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KPV heavy machine gun on wheeled carriage mount - 14.5x114mm
KPV heavy machine guns in ZPU-2 dual anti-aircraft mount - 14.5x114mm
KPV heavy machine guns in ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mount - 14.5x114mm

The KPV machine gun (KPV is an initialism for Krupnokaliberniy Pulemyot Vladimirova (Vladimirov's large-caliber machine gun), in Russian as Крупнокалиберный Пулемёт Владимирова, or КПВ) is a Soviet designed 14.5x114mm-caliber heavy machine gun, which first entered service as an infantry weapon (designated PKP) in 1949. In the 1960s, the infantry version was taken out of production because it was too large and heavy. It was later redesigned for anti-aircraft use, as it showed excellent results as an AA gun against low flying aircraft, with a range of 3,000 m (9,800 ft) horizontally and 2,000 m (6,600 ft) vertically. It was used in the ZPU series of anti-aircraft guns. Its size and power also made it a useful light anti-armour weapon on the BTR series of vehicles and the BRDM-2 scout car.


(1949 – present)

  • Type: Heavy machine gun
  • Caliber: 14.5mm
  • Cartridge: 14.5×114mm
  • Weight: 49 kg (108.03 lb)
  • Length: 1980 mm (78.0 in)
  • Barrel length: 1346 mm (53.0 in)
  • Capacity: 40-round belt
  • Fire Modes: 600rpm

The KPV heavy machine gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

KPV Heavy Machine Gun


Title Actor Character Notes Date
At Your Threshold (U Tvoyego Poroga) Soviet soldiers Dual mount and in ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 1964
Farewell (Proshchay) In 2M-5 twin mountings on Project 123K torpedo boats 1967
Liberation: Direction of the Main Blow German soldiers In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting. Represented as Flak 1969
One Chance in One Thousand (Odin shans iz tysyachi) Vladimir Marenkov Sgt. Sokolov In 2M-5 twin mounting on Project 123K torpedo boat 1969
The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter) Mounted on torpedo boats (2M-5 mountings) and patrol boat (2M-7 mounting) 1970
The Dawns Here are Quiet (A zori zdes tikhie) Soviet girls AA gunners In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 1972
The Seventeenth Transatlantic (Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy) Soviet sailors In 2M-7 naval mounting 1972
Front Without Flanks (Front bez flangov) German soldiers In ZPU-2 twin mountings, on BTR-152 APC and flatcar 1975
Port Mounted on patrol boat in 2M-7 twin mounting 1976
We Take All Upon Ourselves (Beryom vsyo na sebya) German soldiers In 2M-7 twin mounting 1980
Across the Gobi and the Khingan (Govi Khyangand tulaldsan ni) Soviet soldiers 1981
Confrontation (Protivostoyanie) Soviet border guards Mounted on Pr.1400 patrol boats in 2M-7 twin mountings 1985
The Warrior's Heart In ZPU-2 dual anti-aircraft mounting 1992
The Jackal Bruce Willis The Jackal Used as basis for automatic weapon 1997
Kandahar Taliban fighters In ZPU-2 dual anti-aircraft mounting 2010
The Expendables 2 Nepalese guerrillas In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2012
12 Strong Taliban forces 2018


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
Front Without Mercy (Front ohne Gnade) German troops ZPU-2, standing for 20mm Flak; Ep.5 1984

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Conflict: Vietnam In ZPU-4 2004
Project Reality In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2005
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2007
Xenus 2: White Gold In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2008
Project Reality: Falklands In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 In ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mounting 2018
Call to Arms In ZPU-2 2018

KPVT Heavy Machine Gun

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
KPVT heavy machine gun with carry handle - 14.5x114mm

The KPVT version was developed for installation in vehicles (GRAU index - 56-P-562T). Compared to the KPV machine gun, the tank version has design features resulting from the specificity of its use in armored vehicles. Unlocking and locking is done by turning the bolt. For remote fire control, the machine gun is equipped with an electric trigger, powered by a battery and has a shot impulse counter; for remote control of loading and reloading, a pneumatic loading mechanism operating from a compressed air cylinder is used; by bouncing the spent cartridges forward and discharging them outside the tank turret, the sleeve outlet is used. In order to increase the stiffness of the case and the possibility of replacing the barrel without twisting the piston, the diameter of the case was increased. The machine gun does not have open sights, it is aimed using an optical sight. Mounted in the turrets of the T-10M tank, BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicle and BTR-60, BTR-70, BTR-80, SKOT and OT-90 transporters. It was also included in the armament of the SU-122-54 armored gun.


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Night Over Chile (Noch nad Chili) Chilean soldiers Mounted on BTR-60PB 1977
Border Dog Alyi (Pogranichnyy pyos Alyi) Mounted on BTR-60PB 1980
Hit Back (Otvetnyy khod) Mounted on BTR-60PB 1981
The Prize of Peril (Le Prix du danger) Mounted on TAB-71 1983
Parade of the Planets (Parad planet) Mounted on BRDM-2 1984
A Youth Orchestra (Orkestar jedne mladosti) Mounted on BRDM-2 1985
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) Mounted on BTR-80 1989
White Crows (Belye vorony) Soviet troops Mounted on ZGU-1 AA mounting and on BTR-70/80 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mounted on Soviet BTR-80 1991
Black Shark (Chyornaya akula) mounted on Soviet BTR-80 1993
The Codex of Disgrace (Kodeks beshchestiya) Mounted on BTR-80 1993
The Bomb (Bomba) mounted on BTR-80 1995
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy plennik) Mounted on BTR-80 1996
All the Things We Dreamt of for So Long Mounted on BTR-80 1997
Deserter (Dezertir) Mounted on BTR-80 1997
Checkpoint (Blokpost) Mounted on BTR-80 1998
Demons of War Mounted on IFOR BRDM-2 1998
Composition for Victory Day (Sochinenie ko Dnyu Pobedy) Mounted on BTR-80 1998
9th Company Mounted on BTR-60 and BDRM-2 2005
Captive (Plennyy) Mounted on BTR-80 2008
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Andrey Chadov Capt. Pankov Mounted on BTR-80 2011
Me Too (Ya tozhe khochu) Mounted on BTR 2012
August. Eighth Mounted on Russian and Georgian BTR-80s 2012
Resident Evil: Damnation East Slavic Army soldiers Mounted on BTR-80s 2012


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
I Have The Honor! (Chest Imeyu!) Russian paratroopers Mounted on BTR-70 2004
Ultimate Force Uzer Baikal Army "Changing of the Guard" (S04E01), mounted on BRDM-2 2006
Man in the High Castle, The - Season 3 SS trooper "Now More Than Ever, We Care About You" (S3E01), "Kasumi (Through the Mists)" (S3E08), "Baku"(S3E09); Mounted on Schutzstaffel BDRM-2 2018
Chernobyl Soviet soldiers Mounted on BRDM-2 2019
The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Mounted on BTR-60PB; "Gone" (S1E02) 2024

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Steel Beasts Mounted on BTR-80 and BRDM-2 vehicles 2000
America's Army Mounted on BTR-80 vehicles 2002
Project Reality Mounted on BTR-60, BTR-80, and BRDM-2 vehicles 2005
World in Conflict Mounted on BTR-80 APC 2007
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl Mounted on BTR-70 APC 2007
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Mounted on BRDM-2 vehicles 2011
Project Reality: Vietnam Mounted on BTR-60 vehicles 2012
Call to Arms 2018
Enlisted 2021


Title Character Notes Date
BEM mounted in BTR 2019

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