Introduced in 1974 together with the AK-74 assault rifle and chambered for the new 5.45x39mm high-velocity cartridge. The RPK-74 derives from the AK-74 rifle, with modifications that mirror those made to the AKM to create the RPK. The RPK-74 also uses a longer and heavier chrome-plated barrel, which has a new gas block with a gas channel at a 90° angle to the bore axis, and a ring for the cleaning rod. The RPK-74 was also equipped with a folding bipod and a different front sight tower. The muzzle is threaded for a flash suppressor or blank-firing device.
The rear stock trunnion was strengthened and the magazine well was reinforced with steel inserts.
Additionally, the RPK-74 has a modified return mechanism compared to the AK-74, which uses a new type of metal spring guide rod and recoil spring. The rear sight assembly, forward handguard and receiver dust cover were all retained from the RPK.
The RPK-74 feeds from a 45-round polymer box magazine, interchangeable with magazines from the AK-74, and is designed to be charged from stripper clips. Drum magazines similar to those used on the previous RPK models were tested during the development phase of the RPK-74, but were discontinued in favor of the 45-round box magazine. However, the drum magazines were still produced in limited numbers.
In Project Reality, the RPK-74 is the main weapon of the Russian and Militia automatic rifleman classes.
- Wooden Handguards and Stock
- Orange Magazine
- Used by Militia
- Synthetic Black Handguards and Stock
- Black Stock
- Iron Sights
- 1P29 Scope w/BUIS
- Used by Russia
- The RPK-74 in the game is incorrectly modeled with a curved magazine similar to that of the original RPK as opposed to the straighter magazine used by the real-life RPK-74. This has been fixed in version 1.4.
- The RPK-74 in Project Reality has a curved "banana" magazine as oposed to the drum magazine in vanilla Battlefield 2.