— Battlelog description
The KH2002 makes its first appearance in Battlefield 3. It is an average-power, average-accuracy, three-round-burst assault rifle.
The KH2002 is the standard-issue rifle of the Iranian forces following the coup in which Faruk Al-Bashir assumed control of the country. The weapon is then heavily-used by both Iranian and People's Liberation and Resistance forces, with and without additional upgrades like optics and flashlight attachments.
The KH2002 is one of the seven multiplayer weapons which can be unlocked through the Co-op campaign. It is unlocked when an overall score of 17,000 Co-op points is reached. 126,000 Co-op points were required to be achieved before the R3 patch lowered the required points drastically. It is the second Co-op unlock. Like in singleplayer, it makes use of a 30-round magazine and features 3-round-burst and semi-automatic fire modes. Despite having only burst and semi-auto fire modes, repeatedly pulling the trigger in rapid succession can help the user to achieve the effect of using a fully-automatic weapon.
Compared to its closest burst-fire counterpart, the M16A4, the KH2002 offers the usual bullpup advantages of better hipfire accuracy and faster ADS movement, and a lower recoil multiplier and less vertical recoil. This is, however, offset by the fact that the KH2002 suffers from a tactical reload over 1 second longer than the M16A4, and a much heavier (and also balanced) horizontal recoil. While this recoil pattern may prove more comfortable for close-mid range shooting, it will cause the KH2002 to be much less reliable at long range, since the horizontal recoil is hard to compensate for and will be likely to throw the aim off target amidst the 3-round-burst. Additionally, the KH2002 only has the standard assault rifle static spread of 0.2 while the M16A4 has a spread of 0.1, further necessitating the need for a heavy barrel modification on the KH2002, and thus eliminating it's greatest advantage being low vertical recoil.
Overall, while the KH2002 may present a more user-friendly option to players new to Battlefield 3, it is largely an inferior alternative to the M16A4. If the player is relatively skilled at controlling vertical recoil, the M16A4 will, in virtually every circumstance where a burst fire weapon is needed, prove superior to the KH2002.
Although the in-game description states that the weapon is incapable of mounting underslung weapons, this does not preclude the usage of the M320 or M26 MASS as standalone weapons; it also does not preclude the usage of any other rail-mounted attachments.
- Formerly, Battlelog indicated that the KH2002 is meant to have a full-auto function in addition to the three-round burst and single-shot fire modes.
- While the foregrip is equipable and benefits the gun accordingly, the model of the foregrip is specific to the KH2002.
- The KH2002 is the only weapon of Iranian origin in the Battlefield series.