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  1. #441

    Published: 06 January 2017

    UkrOboronProm to manufacture NATO Rifle M16 in Ukraine

    UKROBORONPROM State Enterprise “Ukroboronservis” – in cooperation with American company “Aeroscraft” – will produce small arms in accordance with NATO standards in Ukraine.


    “Ukroboronservis” and the American company “Aeroscraft” will produce the M16 in Ukraine.

    Such agreements are the result of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the two companies. This was stated during the press conference by Deputy Director General for Aircraft Industry and Operations Volodymyr Korobov, “Aeroscraft” founder Igor Pasternak and the head of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronservis” Serhiy Mykytyuk.

    “The first weapon that will be manufactured in Ukraine -in accordance with the pilot project – will be automatic rifle M16 model WAC47. Weapon manufacture in accordance with NATO standards is an important part of the development and reform of the Ukrainian defense industry “- said Serhiy Mykytyuk.

    UOP Deputy Director General Volodymyr Korobov noted that the transition to international NATO standards is a part of the reform and development of the domestic defense industry. Six months ago we represented it for the first time, and today we begin production of NATO weapons for Ukrainian army.

    Aeroscraft is a well-known company, specializing in manufacture of innovative aircraft, guard towers and small arms.

    SE “Ukroboronservis” serves as an authorized by the state special exporter – realizing the interests of Ukraine in the field of export and import of products and services of military-technical and special use. The enterprise also has manufacturing facilities and carries out repair, restoration and modernization of weapons and military equipment in the interests of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    The SC “UkrOboronProm” actively cooperates with companies from NATO-countries and mplements international standards at UOP enterprises. 70% of UOP enterprises-participants are certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and system of quality assurance AQAP 2000 is implemented at UOP enterprises.

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    Aeroscraft is a well-known company, specializing in manufacture of innovative aircraft, guard towers and small arms.
    Really? I look at their website and they make airships and have a Tactical Tower proposal that doesn't appear to have been bought by anyone yet?

    http://aeroscraft.com/

  3. #443

    New Aptus Weapon System from DRD Tactical

    Posted 7 hours ago in Daily News, Rifles by Richard Johnson with 14 Comments



    DRD Tactical announced a new weapon system called the Aptus. Aptus, meaning “suitable” or “fit for a particular function” in Latin, is a rifle platform that uses the company’s recoil and quick barrel change systems. With this system, you can swap from any of the configurations to any of the others in less than a minute.

    Guns can be user configured in one of three barrel lengths and one of two calibers (5.56 NATO and 300 BLK) very quickly. The PDW versions use a 7.5″ barrel while the carbine systems use a 16″ barrel. At the long end, you can plug in the 20″ barrel for a DMR.



    These guns are direct gas operated and use a non-reciprocating charging handle. A typical buffer tube is not used, so the guns are fitted with folding stocks from Magpul.

    Although these guns are not AR-15 spec rifles, they do share parts compatibility with them. The Aptus can use standard milspec lower receiver parts, barrels, magazines and some parts of the bolt carrier group.

    Guns will be available in the spring. Aptus guns will be offered in two finishes: hard coat Type III anodized black or NiB Battle Worn finish. The anodized gun will have a MSRP of $1,695 while the Battle Worn gun will have a suggested retail price of $1,995.

  4. #444

    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post
    New Aptus Weapon System from DRD Tactical


    Guns will be available in the spring. Aptus guns will be offered in two finishes: hard coat Type III anodized black or NiB Battle Worn finish. The anodized gun will have a MSRP of $1,695 while the Battle Worn gun will have a suggested retail price of $1,995.
    Wow - ....battle worn finish.
    Sounds like a line from Kung Fu Panda
    ".......with authentic battle damage"
    Like I said
    Wow!

  5. #445

    Published: 11 January 2017

    Turkish Armed Forces to receive the new MPT-76 Assault Rifle

    According to Anadolu news agency, 500 Turkish troops will receive the new MPT-76 Assault Rifle manufactured by the Turkiqh state-owned MKEK (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation).


    The MPT-76 Assault Rifle

    The MPT-76 rifle (National Infantry Rifle) was designed and produced by Turkey's state-owned MKEK to replace the Turkish army's Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifles. The MPT-76 was first tested by the army in 2014, when ground troops received a first batch of 200 rifles. The MPT-76 Assault Rifle made its first public appearance at Eurosatory 2014.

    The MPT-76 was designed for high altitude, all weather combat, capable of functioning in extreme hot and cold weather. It is a rifle intended to take abuse and extreme mistreatment and still maintain high accuracy and reliability in order to survive in true battle environments. The Turkish Government invested US$ 22 million into the project.

    The rifle is expected to become the new standard army weapon in Turkey. It shoots 7.62 mm NATO rounds and is based on the US AR-15 rifle while using a gas piston system similar to that of Heckler & Koch weapons.

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    Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher Offer New RS556 Assault Rifle System

    (Source: Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher; issued Jan 11, 2017)


    The long STANAG 4694 rail on the upper side of the monolithic housing makes it possible to mount a variety of different scopes, including night vision devices. It is fully compatible with the “Future Soldier” equipment suite. (Rheinmetall/Steyr M photo)

    Two of Europe’s most respected defence companies, Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher, have joined forces to manufacture and market the RS556 modular assault rifle. This German-Austrian cooperation project adds a key item to Rheinmetall’s growing array of infantry products.

    The RS556 is based on the highly regarded STM556, which Steyr Mannlicher first unveiled in 2012. Outstanding modularity characterizes this easy-to-use, future-proof 5.56mm x 45 cal. weapon.

    Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher are offering the RS556 assault rifle as a jointly produced product, made in Germany, with a German valued added share of 60%. Among other things, the two partners thus have their sights set on the German market. This innovative weapon is a possible candidate for the new “System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr”: the German armed forces intend to replace their standard G36 assault rifle with a more advanced system starting in 2019.

    Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher each have well over a century of experience in developing and manufacturing infantry weapons. The RS556 project underscores both companies’ commitment to supplying military and security services around the globe with reliable, future-proof, state-of-the-art systems and equipment.

    Featuring an adjustable short-stroke gas piston system and rotating bolt, the gas-operated RS556 is based on the tried-and-tested Steyr Mannlicher AUG, or Universal Army Rifle, a design concept that has proven itself in decades of service on every continent.

    With a 16” barrel (406 mm) and a fully loaded, 30-round magazine, the RS556 weighs around 4.2 kilograms, just over 9 pounds. The adjustable-length light-weight stock clicks into seven different positions, meaning that operators can adjust the RS556 to match their individual equipment profile in optimum fashion.

    In a matter of seconds and without tools, the hammer-forged barrel can be easily exchanged. This means that the RS556 can be readily modified for various missions. A number of standard barrel lengths are available (14.5”, 16”, 18” and 20”); however, customer-specific barrel and rifling lengths can be easily created.

    The RS556 features several standard and optional NATO accessory rails with receiver systems designed in accordance with MIL-STD-1913, STANAG 2324 and STANAG 4694. This means that the weapon can be fitted with various optics and night observation devices or laser light modules. A 40mm grenade launcher can also be mounted on the new assault rifle. Moreover, the RS556 is compatible with Rheinmetall’s modular “Future Soldier – Expanded System” (IdZ-ES), and can also be connected to other soldier systems.

    A special breech system with an emergency operation feature ensures that the weapon always functions reliably even in extreme operating conditions, e.g. in severely hot and cold environments.

    Founded in 1889, the Rheinmetall Group is a tech enterprise specializing in mobility and security. The Group’s Defence arm is one of the world’s foremost defence technology makers, supplying a wide array of advanced military equipment. In the small arms domain, Rheinmetall has produced such renowned products as the G3 assault rifle and the MG3 machine gun.

    Established in 1864, Austria’s Steyr Mannlicher has long been one of the great names in the European small arms sector. The company’s many technical achievements include the Werndl-Holub breechloading rifle, the Mannlicher straight-pull bolt-action rifle with en bloc clip, and the SSG69 sniper rifle. The Steyr AUG bullpup system is used by at least 37 nations worldwide. In addition, Steyr Mannlicher supplies modern sniper rifles such as the SSG08, the SSG Carbon and the .50 cal. BMG HS50M1.

    -ends-

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    More on this..............

    Turkish Army receives first 500 MPT-76 rifles

    Kerry Herschelman, Washington, DC and Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    12 January 2017


    The Turkish Army has taken delivery of its first serial produced MPT-76 7.62 mm battle rifles. Source: IHS/Nick de Larrinaga

    Turkey's state-owned Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) delivered on 11 January the first 500 serially-produced MPT-76 battle rifles to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC).

    The rifles delivered on 11 January are the first batch from a 2015 deal which will see the production of around 35,000 MPT-76s for the TLFC, Naval Forces Command, and the Gendarmerie General Command. 20,000 of these are being manufactured by MKEK, with the remaining 15,000 being produced by privately owned KaleKalip, which co-designed the weapon.

    Speaking during a ceremony held for the event, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said the locally developed rifles will be used in all conditions. Noting that Turkey's dependency on foreign defence technologies has now fallen from 80% 15 years ago to 40% today, Isik added, "Our aim is to decrease that ratio [to] below 20%."

    Land Forces Commander General Salih Zeki Colak said during the ceremony that the rifles will be a force multiplier for the army.

    The MPT-76 was designed to meet the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) requirement for a new infantry rifle chambered in the NATO 7.62x51 mm cartridge.

    The MPT-76 rifle will replace about 200,000 G3 rifles made in Turkey under licence from Heckler & Koch. The TSK has a potential requirement for as many as 500,000 MPT-76s, principally for the Turkish Army but also to equip personnel across its other service arms.

    MKEK will complete delivery of the remaining 19,500 MPT-76s from the country's first serial order for the rifle by the end of 2017, Isik said on 30 December 2016.

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    Last edited by buglerbilly; 12-01-17 at 01:42 PM.

  8. #448

    And more on this too.............

    New Austrian Assault Rifle Positioned as a Possible Successor of the German G36 Military Rifle

    By Tamir Eshel - Jan 12, 2017



    The German defense company Rheinmetall has teamed with Austrian arms manufacturer Steyr Mannlicher to manufacture and market the RS556 – a German version of the 5.56mm x 45 cal. modular assault rifle system based on Steyr’s STM556. The Austrian weapon was first unveiled in 2012. Eying the German market, Rheinmetall positions the new weapon as a candidate for the German “System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr” – the planned replacement of the G36 – the standard German military assault rifle made by Heckler & Koch. This project is set to begin in 2019. Rheinmetall will offer the new assault rifle as a joint program, locally produced (made in Germany), with a German value-added share of 60%.

    Featuring an adjustable short-stroke gas piston system and rotating bolt, the gas-operated RS556 is based on the tried-and-tested Steyr Mannlicher Universal Army Rifle (AUG). With a 16″ barrel (406 mm) and a fully loaded, 30-round magazine, the RS556 weighs around 4.2 kilograms, (just over 9 pounds.)

    In a matter of seconds and without tools, the hammer-forged barrel can be easily exchanged. A number of standard barrel lengths are available (14.5″, 16″, 18″ and 20″); and, according to the company, customer-specific barrel and rifling lengths can be easily created. A special breech system with an emergency operation feature ensures that the weapon always functions reliably even under extreme operating conditions, e.g. in severely hot and cold environments.


    Highly ergonomic and easy to handle, the RS556 can be readily adapted to individual equipment profiles. (Photo: Rheinmetall/Steyr Mannlicher)

    The adjustable-length light-weight stock clicks into seven different positions, meaning that operators can adjust the RS556 to match their individual equipment profile in an optimum fashion.

    The RS556 is compatible with Rheinmetall’s modular “Future Soldier – Expanded System” (IdZ-ES), and can also be integrated with other soldier systems. The weapon has multiple standard and optional NATO accessory rails with receiver systems designed per MIL-STD-1913, STANAG 2324 and STANAG 4694, enabling soldiers to fit their weapons with various optics, night observation devices, and laser light modules. A 40mm grenade launcher can also be mounted on the new assault rifle.




    RS556 side view

    Since entering service in 1997, the G36 became a favorite weapon in service with numerous military and law enforcement forces around the world. However, after experiencing overheating in extended firefights, the G36 proved unsuitable for long range engagement in hot conditions. After a thorough investigation*that lasted three years, the German Ministry of Defense decided to phase out the G36 over these concerns. *Heckler & Koch contested the decision claiming the German Defense Ministry did not provide clear specifics for the weapon.


    German troops serving with the ISAF in Afghanistan were armed with G36 rifles. (Photo: Bundeswehr)

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    Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    12 January 2017


    Germany's special forces are looking to buy a replacement for their current G36. Source: Bundeswehr

    This is a distinctly separate program me from the above.............it'll be interesting to see IF the STM556 or RS556 get's entered?

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase.

    According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total.

    The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles currently used by the army's Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) and the navy's Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine (KSM) units.

    The deadline for submitting offers is the 9 February, with delivery to start on 10 September and be completed by 28 June 2019. The estimated value of the contract is EUR11 million (USD11.6 million).

    According to the tender requirements the future German's special forces assault rifle is to be a gas-operated firearm chambered in the 5.56x45 mm NATO, and capable of single and automatic fire.

    The weapon is to be equipped with a STANAG 4694 NATO Accessory Rail (NAR) on the top of a receiver, other NARs located on a handguard, and a suppressor.

    The weapon length without a suppressor is to be less than 900 mm, with a maximum weight set to 3.8 kg (without magazine, ammunition, and optics). The barrel life is requested to be at least 10,000 rounds, while receiver life is to be 30,000 rounds or more. The rifle is requested to be feature dual controls for right- and left-handed users.

    The contract also includes the delivery of a laser designator and illuminator, flashlight, and carrying equipment.

    The 1,750 rifles to be bought include five models for bid comparison (delivered before a contract is to be signed), 40 for qualification tests and compatibility checks with optical sights, and 1,705 serially produced weapons.

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  10. #450

    Pretty pic of the new Turkish rifle.................


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