RPK Kalashnikov 7.62 mm hand held machine gun is designed to eliminate enemy personnel and firearms.

The letter H next to the specification name (RPКH) of the hand held machine gun indicates that the machine gun is mounted on various types of optical sights (day and night) located on the left wall of the barrel.

The hand held machine gun uses 7,62x39 mm ordinary (PS), tracer (T-45, T-45M), armour-piercing (BZ) and piercing (Z) bullet cartridges for firing. Hand held machine gun can be used for automatic or single firing.

Automatic firing is considered to be the main type of firing and can be carried out by short (up to 5 shots), long (up to 15 shots) bursts and continuous shooting.

During the firing, the cartridges are transferred from drum magazines with a capacity of 40 cartridges to the box (sectoral) and a capacity of 75 cartridges.

The sight operational range from the hand held machine gun is 1000 m.

The most effective fire from the hand held machine gun to targets on the ground is at a distance of up to 800 m, the most effective fire on airplanes, helicopters and paratroopers is at a distance of up to 500 m.

From the hand held machine gun to the ground group targets, the concentrated fire is carried out at a distance of up to 1000 m.

The RO4-24R optical sight is designed to fire various types of automatic firearms at disguised targets at medium distances.

The sight can be used effectively at daytime and in the twillight with reticle illumination.