The new RK-62M version will feature following new features:
- Telescopic stock
- Scope mount for optics (picatinny rail)
- Utility rail
- New tactical sling
The upgraded rifle is slightly heavier than the old version, tipping the scale "just under 5 kg". The old version is 3,6 kg and fully loaded 30 round magazine is 0,8 kg.
Currently there are only few prototypes available and conscripts will get the new rifles sometime around 2016.
Personally I'm happy with the new upgrade. The rifle is something that almost all Finnish males are familiar with and as mentioned, it's still a very good battle rifle. The cartridge 7,62 x 39mm is tried and tested in the Finnish landscape and the only drawback is, that it's not a NATO cartridge. Alas, Finland is not a NATO member.
The pictures are from Puolustusvoimat (www.puolustusvoimat.fi).