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The SVD is not a true sniper rifle. It was designed as a platoon level support weapon to provide infantry squads with firepower up to 600 metres. The rifle is lightweight and quite accurate for its intended role.
The SVD-S is the modernized version of the SVD. Developed for airborne troops, it features a polymer handguard and a tubular metal stock that folds to the right side of the rifle. The barrel is shortened to 590mm, the bayonet lug removed and the flash suppressor also shortened. The SVD-S also features a slightly heavier, stronger barrel.
This SVD-S is equipped with a POSP 8x42 scope, a modification of the original PSO-1 with and increased magnification level and a larger objective lens for increased field of view. This scope allows for accurate and comfortable shooting at ranges beyond those possible with the PSO-1.
The SVD is chambered for the powerful 7.62x54R ammunition, and is supplied from a 10 round detachable box magazine. The rifle is 85mm shorter than the SVD with the stock deployed, and 345mm shorter with the stock folded. Accuracy is around 2MOA at 600m, but accurate fire is possible out to around 1200 metres.