The Lahti-Saloranta M/26, also known as the LS/26, is a light machine gun which was designed by Aimo Lahti and Arvo Saloranta in 1926. The weapon was able to fire in both full automatic and semi-automatic modes. Both 20-round box and 75-round drum magazines were produced, but the Finnish army seems to have only used the smaller 20-round magazine.
In the Winter War, there were two squads in each platoon that provided covering fire for two ten-man rifle squads. In each squad, there was one M/26 gunner, one assistant and the rest of the men carrying rifles.
— In-game description
The LS/26 is a weapon introduced to Battlefield V in the third Tides of War chapter, Trial By Fire. Available for the Support kit, it could be unlocked by completing all challenges in week 5 before it was made available for purchase in The Company.
The weapon is has the highest muzzle velocity of any LMG when unmodified, allowing greater accuracy against moving targets at range. Although per-shot recoil is amongst the highest for LMGs in addition to a second highest in-category rate of fire of 600 RPM, controllability remains good in short bursts, as this is still a relatively low rate in comparison to other automatic classes. Its primary drawback is its 20-round magazine, which ties the weapon for worst in class in terms of capacity with the FG-42, BAR M1918A2 and Chauchat, severely limiting the weapon's suppressive capabilities. It also means users must be mindful of the necessarily frequent reloads - despite being relatively quick, they can still leave the user vulnerable due to their regularity. These characteristics make the weapon less suitable for direct, close-range action where users are expected to face multiple assailants. The LS/26 seems better employed against dispersed targets at medium to long range, shooting supported from the Bipod.
Unlike most other weapons the LS/26s primary weaknesses, specifically its small magazine capacity, moderate rate of fire and cumulative time spent reloading, cannot be corrected using Specializations. The tree instead focuses on upgrades to expedient handling, accuracy in various stances and recoil mitigation, dispersed between both the left and right paths - by using the latter upgrades, recoil can be reduced to 0.560 vertical, 0.200 left and 0.120 right.