The 7.62 mm PKM Kalashnikov modernized machine gun is a powerful self-firer and is intended to kill hostile personnel and fire means as well as engage aerial targets.
Firing is performed from bipods.
The machine gun fires cartridges with conventional, tracer and AP-incendiary bullets and bullets of increased penetrability. The cartridges are fitted in a non-disintegrating belt. The 100 and 200 rd belts are stowed in portable boxes.
The barrel cooling is of air type.