General Information[edit | edit source]
The NSV Machine Gun is a Russian gas-operated HMG. The NSV was designed by Russian designers G. I. Nikitin, Y. S. Sokolov, and V. I. Volkov in 1960 to replace the outdated SGM and DShK HMG as the standard HMG of the Soviet Army. The NSV lost against the PK HMG, which was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, who was also the inventor of the infamous AK-47, AKM, and the RPK, mainly due to it being more expensive and not productive enough. The NSV was improved over the following years and the Soviet Army later found interest in the NSV again. It was adopted by the Soviet Army in 1971, replacing the DShK HMG, and remained in service until 1991. When the Soviet Army dissolved in 1991, the Russian Ground Forces (RGF) adopted the NSV as its standard HMG. However, the manufacturing license of the NSV ended up in the hands of Kazakhstan, ending production of NSV HMGs in the Russian Federation, thus forcing the RGF to adopt a new and more accurate HMG, the Kord, in 1998. The NSV HMG was exported to numerous countries in Europe and Asia, mainly ones that were connected to the Soviet Union.
The NSV's design incorporates a glass-filled polyamide buttstock, iron sights, long stroke gas piston, and a 1.1m (43.3 in.) barrel. The NSV is designed to be light so strong infantrymen can carry the weapon without any assistance. The NSV is belt-fed with each belt holding normally 50 rounds, but holds 100 rounds in-game. The NSV uses the Russian 12.7x108mm cartridge. The NSVT is a variant of the weapon designed for vehicle use, with "T" meaning "танк" or tank, denoting its use on vehicles.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
- The NSV is available to the Russian Ground Forces, Irregular Militia and MEA. Gameplay-wise, it is a counterpart to the M2A1 used by the NATO factions. Compared to the M2A1, the NSV has a higher rate of fire.
- Several vehicles in Squad are armed with the NSV. The MT-LB VMK and MT-LB NSVT variants come equipped with the NSVT as their primary weapon. T-72 tanks also have the NSVT for the vehicle commander, alongside the MEA T-62. The tank mounted NSVTs can be reloaded to have an extra round in the chamber. The "T" stands for "танк" or tank, denoting the variant's use on vehicles.
- An NSV ammunition belt can hold 100 rounds. For the vehicle mounted NSVs, the MT-LB VMK and MT-LB NSVT APCs both have 5 ammo boxes for a total of 500 rounds (100 per box), whereas the T-72 commander has 2 boxes for a total of 300 rounds (150 per box).
- The NSV is an emplacement for the Russian Ground Forces and Middle Eastern Alliance as either a tripod or protected under a bunker. Two of each type can be placed per FOB for a cost of 200 and 400 construction points respectively. Both versions include an optic with two levels of zoom, unlike the M2A1 which only has a static zoom ACOG scope. However, the scope mounted on NSV machine guns do not have range markings. It does however, come with an integrated analog rangefinder. The reticle is similar in appearance to the PSO-1 scope found on the SVD sniper rifle.
- The NSV can pivot thirty-eight degrees left and right from the point it was placed. It has a five-degrees of depression and five-degrees of elevation.
- The effective range of the NSV is 1.5 kilometers.
Tip[edit | edit source]
- Firepower of the 12.7x108mm cartridge should not be underestimated, as those bullets penetrate all current in-game armor and dispose of groups of enemy personnel with relative ease of pulling the trigger and holding it for a couple of seconds.
- Its firing rate is considerable higher than the M2A1, allowing the gunner to more liberally spray targets. However, this does make the weapon more prone to overheating. Make sure to moderate your fire rate when holding down the trigger isn't required.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The abbreviation NSV is the first letters of the NSV's designers' last names: G. I. Nikitin, Y. S. Sokolov, and V. I. Volkov. The NSV in Russian is "HCB/Никитина-Соколова-Волкова".
See Also[edit | edit source]