Udav pistols with silencer to start arriving for Russian troops in 2023

Advanced Udav pistols equipped with a silencer will start arriving for the Russian troops in 2023, the press office of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation said. The combined-arms version of the pistol has already been delivered to the troops, the press office added.
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Udav pistol with silencer (Picture source: Rostec)

“The deliveries of 9×21mm Udav pistols to the Defense Ministry’s combined-arms forces began in 2021. In 2023, there are plans to start the supplies of the pistol specially furnished with a silencer”, Rostec’s press office said. Let's remind that what creates the noise of a shot includes two components: the speed of the bullet itself and the speed of the gas ejected from the barrel. Getting a complete silent shot imposes to act on both components with subsonic ammo and a sound suppressor. Most of the weapons only have a sound suppressor, which only suppresses the sound emitted by the gas, not the one of the bullet itself.

Russian Army Commander-in-Chief Oleg Salyukov said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on October 1, 2021, that the Defense Ministry was beginning the purchases of new Udav pistols in the combined-arms and special-purpose versions to replace the Makarov pistol.

The Udav has been developed by the Central Research Institute of Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash, part of Rostec). The latest pistol’s design incorporates original solutions. Its patented technologies include the magazine’s design as an indicator of the number of rounds, which helps determine a fully-loaded magazine both visually and tactually. Besides, the pistol’s equipment set includes a silencer with a replaceable heat-absorbing module and two types of rounds with an increased piercing capacity and reduced bullet speed.

The Udav has an effective firing range of 100 meters. The pistol is capable of piercing individual armor vests (including fabric vests) and Type II helmets at a distance of up to 75 meters. The Udav can operate at temperatures ranging between -50 degrees and +50 degrees Celsius. The pistol weighs just 780g with its magazine (without rounds) and is 206mm long and 145mm high. The magazine’s capacity is 18 9×21mm rounds. It has a guaranteed service life of 10,000 shots.