The NSV (Utes, 'Cliff') is a 12.7 mm caliber heavy machine gun of Soviet origin, named after the designers, G. I. Nikitin, Y. S. Sokolov and V. I. Volkov. It was designed to replace the DShK machine gun and was adopted by the Soviet Army in 1971.
The NSV has been manufactured in Bulgaria, India, Poland and Yugoslavia under license.The NSV weighs 25 kg, has a rate of fire of 13 rounds per second, and an effective range of 1,500 meters. A fully loaded ammunition belt with 50 rounds weighs 11 kg.The NSV is used on the T-72 tank, while the NSVT variant is used on the T-64 and T-80 tanks.
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