The RPD platform was the first machine gun designed to fire the 7.62x39mm cartridge. DSA has developed a modernized version with a 7075-T6 receiver and proprietary handguard. These new updates allows for greater versatility such an an AR/M4 stock or a variety of rail attachments and optics. The DSA barrel is fluted and shortened which reduces weight for effective cooling and easy maneuverability. These combined features reduces the overall weight by almost 2 lbs.