Another batch of 9mm 6P72 semi-automatic pistols have been delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry by the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering under the state defense order. The Central Research Institute for Precision Engineeing worked on the pistol as part of the Udav R&D project.
The Russian Ministry of Defense ordered the Udav R&D project, and work on it started in March 2014. The pistol complex underwent preliminary trials in March 2016 and government trials in December 2018. TsNIITochMash received a purchase order for the initial batch of pistols in February 2020.
The pistol is chambered in 9x21 mm, giving it an advantage over other models like the Makarov and Yarygin in terms of engaging targets protected with armor. The pistol has combined infrared or visible laser target designators. The pistol's special configuration option allows for the installation of a suppressor for covert (silent and flameless) engagement of targets protected by Class 2 personal equipment, when using a cartridge with a reduced bullet velocity. The gun is compatible with any 9x21 mm ammunition, including tracer and armor-piercing rounds.
Five inventions were developed by TsNIITochMash employees as part of the Udav development project, as shown by the pertinent Federal Intellectual Property Service patents. A number of innovations made during the Udav R&D program gave the pistol a competitive edge over its rivals from internationally renowned brands like Glock, Walther, or Colt.
Cartridges with reduced velocity and enhanced penetration bullets are some of the innovations. Additionally, the 6P72 user can control cartridge usage using a patented marker housed in the magazine. The suppressor, whose carbon fiber housing allowed for a significant weight reduction, is another innovative feature of the pistol. The suppressor's replaceable heat-absorbing component ensures a low sound level when firing rounds with reduced velocity bullets.
The new pistol has a comfortable grip and can be used by both right- and left-handed people. Additionally, it features a universal Picatinny rail on which a flashlight or laser target designator can be mounted.