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The AK-74 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle that has made appearances in all of the ArmA games, beginning with ArmA: Cold War Assault and all the way to ArmA 3.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

« The AK-74 assault rifle was manufactured in 1979 by Avtomat Kalashnikova, to replace the aging AK-47. The Kalashnikov sub-machineguns are well known for their reliability. The AK-74 was designed for army personnel and law and order forces.
Weapon Description
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AK-74 5.45 mm
OFP-icon-ak74
Faction - Soviet Union
- Nogovan Partisans
Type Assault Rifle
Caliber 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants AK-74 GL, AK-74 SU
Games
OFP-logo
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The AK-74 is a 5.45 mm assault rifle that is used by both Soviet military forces and Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

The AK-74 is a selective fire assault rifle that is chambered to fire the ubiquitous 5.45×39 mm round.

It loads from 30 round plastic magazines, is capable of attaining a fire rate of up to 650 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The AK-74 is accurate at a distance of up to 400 metres.

Replacing the long-since outdated AK-47, the AK-74 was the latest model of the Kalashnikov assault rifle family. It was primarily used by the Soviet military, though stocks of AK-74s also fell into the hands of Nogovan guerrilla groups. The AK-74's ubiquity meant that ammunition for it was plentiful.

Unlike the older AK-47, the AK-74 fires the smaller but lighter 5.45 mm round. Though it has reduced stopping power compared to the AK-47's 7.62 mm round, the AK-74 makes up for it by being far more accurate at distances of beyond 250 metres. It also has far less recoil, which makes it easier to control when firing on full auto.

In addition, the AK-74 is generally regarded to be superior in close quarters compared to its American counterpart. Whereas the M16A2 is limited to a 3-round burst fire mode only, the AK-74 has access to all three modes (semi-auto, burst, full auto) and does not leave its user vulnerable should they miss their initial shots.

Variants Edit

AK-74 GL Edit

AK-74 GL 5.45 mm
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Faction Soviet Union
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Caliber 5.45×39 mm / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Variants AK-74, AK-74 SU
Games
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The AK-74 GL is a modified version of the baseline AK-74 rifle that has an underbarrel grenade launcher fitted onto it.

The AK-74's GP-25 grenade launcher is accurate at distances of up to 250 metres, and can launch either high-explosive (HE) or flare rounds.

AK-74 SU Edit

AK-74 SU 5.45 mm
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Faction Soviet Union
Type Carbine
Caliber 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants AK-74, AK-74 GL
Games
OFP-logo
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The AK-74 SU is a carbine variant of the baseline AK-74 rifle. It fires the same 5.45 mm round as its parent, and is largely identical in all other aspects.

It is the primary weapon of Soviet ground vehicle and aircraft crewmen, as well as Spetsnaz operatives. Aside from its shorter barrel which reduces its accuracy slightly, it is not that much different to regular AK-74s.

Trivia Edit

  • Oddly enough, the AK-74 seems to use the same model as the AK-47 with only slight adjustments made to the AK-74's stock, muzzle brake, and magazine (both weapons are mechanically different in real-life).
  • The AK-74 SU appears to be a stand-in for the real "AKS-74U" carbine, though it is modelled strangely and appears to use a 7.62 mm magazine despite being able to share ammunition with the standard AK-74 in-game.

Gallery Edit

ArmA 2 Edit

« The AK-74 is the successor to the infamous AK-47, resizing its caliber to 5.45mm, probably in response to the ubiquity of the 5.56mm NATO round. The most visible modification is the muzzle brake. This muzzle brake drastically cuts the already mild recoil of the AK-74 but increases noise and muzzle flash.
Armoury Description
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AK-74 5.45 mm
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Faction - CDF
- United Nations
- ChDKZ
- NAPA
- Takistan Army
- Takistani Rebels
- Takistani Militia
Type Assault Rifle
Caliber 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74, AKS-74U
Games
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The AK-74 is a Russian-made 5.45 mm assault rifle that is used by several BLUFOR, OPFOR and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

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The AK-74 is a Russian-made gas operated assault rifle that is chambered to fire the smaller 5.45×39 mm round.

It loads from 30 round plastic magazines and can achieve a rate of fire of up to 600 rounds per minute. The AK-74 is available in a variety of models with various optical sights and muzzle attachments fitted.

The AK-74 is the most widely used weapon in-game, with all Chernarussian factions using the weapon in some form as their main weapon. Most notably, it is used by the CDF, NAPA guerrillas, Takistani guerillas, and by the Chernarussian contingent of UN peacekeepers as their standard assault rifle. It is also used in limited (albeit still significant) numbers by Chedaki insurgents, the Takistani military and by militia groups allied to the army.

Moderately powerful and simple to use, the AK-74 is a decent assault rifle that is generally accurate out to a range of between roughly 400-500 metres. Compared to its antiquated counterpart, the AK-74 fires a smaller and slightly less powerful round, but is lighter to carry and is more accurate at longer ranges.

But because the baseline weapon lacks optical sights and has hard-to-use tangential ironsights, it can be somewhat difficult to reliably land shots at these distances. Which in practice, limits its actual effective range to just 300-350 metres or less as a result.

Variants Edit

AK-74 GP-25 Edit

AK-74 GP-25 5.45 mm
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Faction - CDF
- United Nations
- ChDKZ
- NAPA
- Takistan Army
- Takistani Rebels
- Takistani Militia
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Caliber 5.45×39 mm / 40 mm GP-25
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Variants AK-74, AKS-74, AKS-74U
Games
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The AK-74 GP-25 is simply a modified variant of the baseline AK-74 that is fitted with an underbarrel grenade launcher.

The underbarrel GP-25 can load a variety of 40 mm high-explosive (HE), smoke or flare grenades. Note that its 40 mm grenades are not interchangeable with those used by the M4A1/M16A4's M203 or that of the EGLM used by the SCAR series of assault rifles (and vice versa).

There is also an additional variant of the AK-74 GP-25 that has a Kobra collimator sight mounted on top by default, and is designated as the AK-74 GP-25 Kobra. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion.

AKS-74 Edit

AKS-74 5.45 mm
Arma2-icon-aks74
Faction - CDF
- United Nations
- ChDKZ
- NAPA
- Takistan Army
- Takistani Rebels
- Takistani Militia
Type Assault Rifle
Caliber 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants AK-74, AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74U
Games
Arma 2 logo

Arma2-OA-logo
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The AKS-74 is a modified variant of the baseline rifle that has a folding stock. It is virtually identical to the baseline rifle aside from the stock. The AKS-74 is notable for being the only variant of the AK-74 that has the most options when it comes to accesories.

These choices range from the Kobra collimator to the PSO-1 telescopic sight, and the NSPU night vision sight. However unlike with the AKS-74U, there are no variants of the AKS-74 that have suppressors attached by default.

There is also an additional variant that has a GOSHAWK thermal scope mounted on top, and is designated as the AKS-74 GOSHAWK. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion.

AKS-74U Edit

AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Arma2-icon-aks74u
Faction - CDF
- United Nations
- Russian Armed Forces
- ChDKZ
- Takistan Army
- NAPA
Type Carbine
Caliber 5.45×39 mm / 5.45×39 mm SD
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants AK-74, AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74
Games
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Arma2-render-aks74u

The AKS-74U is a carbine variant of the baseline weapon.

Normally used by tank crews, pilots and team leaders, it is virtually identical in all other aspects aside from having a smaller effective range compared to its rifle counterpart due to its shorter barrel (and being slightly less accurate as a result).

There is also an additional variant of the AKS-74U that has a Kobra optic mounted on top and a suppressor attached to the muzzle. This specific variant is designated as the AKS-74UN Kobra and is exclusively used by Takistani special forces.

This variant is also chambered to fire the same 5.45×39 mm round but uses special subsonic ammunition that can only be loaded by the AKS-74UN (the magazines themselves are not interchangeable).

Trivia Edit

  • One of the most widespread assault rifles in the world, it remains as the primary assault rifle of the real-life Russian Armed Forces.
    • More specifically, the Russian Ground Forces utilise an improved variant designated as the "AK-74M" (GRAU index code: 6P34).
    • However, the in-game Russian military are instead (unrealistically) depicted with utilising the AK-107 series as their service rifle instead of the AK-74M. In-game pilots and vehicle crewmen on the other hand, do at the very least use the AKS-74U carbine.

Gallery Edit

ArmA 3 Edit

« The AKS-74U is basically a shortened AK-74, which enabled significant production savings. Like the AK-74, this variant is also chambered in 5.45x39 mm, but its compact dimensions make it suitable for special forces, vehicle crews, police patrols, etcetera. However, the lower muzzle velocity makes the AKS-74U effective up to around 400 meters only.
Field Manual
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AKS-74U 5.45 mm
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Faction - Syndikat
- Loyalists
Type Carbine
Caliber 5.45×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants None
Games
Apex
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The AKS-74U is a 5.45 mm carbine that is used by both Syndikat rebels and Altian government loyalists in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.

Overview Edit

The AKS-74U is a compact carbine that is chambered to fire the 5.45×39 mm round.

It loads from 30 round plastic magazines and can attain a rate of fire of up to 705 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 735 m/s. Unlike its ArmA 2 counterpart, the ArmA 3 AKS-74U lacks the ability to mount accessories and cannot be fitted with muzzle attachments.

Accurate out to a maximum range of 300 metres, the AKS-74U is best suited for close quarters combat due to its relatively low muzzle velocity and moderate fire rate (for a carbine). It has a maximum zeroing range of 600 metres.

Trivia Edit

  • The AKS-74U is based on its real-world counterpart of the same name.
  • It is one of the few weapons in ArmA 3 that uses its real-life manufacturer name.
  • Prior to the release of the Tac-Ops DLC, the AKS-74U was exclusively a Syndikat-only weapon. It was later changed with the release of the DLC's first scenario, Beyond Hope, which showed the weapon in use by government loyalists as well (the predecessors of the modern-day FIA).

Gallery Edit

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Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit