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AR 70/90

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Assault rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1985

  • DESIGNER
    Beretta

  • PRODUCTION
    1990 - present?

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Beretta

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Cheap to manufacture

Introduction

The AR 70/90 is an assault rifle of Italian origin. It is a much improved version of the earlier AR 70/223 and was developed to suit the needs of the Italian army.

Design

The AR 70/90 is based on the AR 70/223 and has a conventional layout. Among its improvements are a strengthened receiver, the use of the 5.56x45mm NATO round, an optional three round burst ability, a bipod and a detachable carrying handle with light source for low light firing. The AR 70/90 retains the same design principle with the stock, forearm and pistol grip are made of plastics and the receiver out of sheet metal. Only some pieces of the internal mechanism need to be made out of quality steel.

Firepower

The AR 70/90 fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from 30 round STANAG magazines. The cyclic rate of fire of 670 rounds per minute is modest. The effective range is claimed to be 400 meters.

Users

The AR 70/90 was adopted in quantity by the Italian armed forces and it was exported to several nations. In Italian service it is to be replaced by the Beretta ARX160.

Variants

SCS 70/90

The SCS 70/90 is the carbine version of the AR 70/90 family. It has a shorter barrel and is fitted with a folding stock. Due to its shorter barrel it is unable to launch rifle grenades. The SCP 70/90 is similar to the SCS 70/90, but is able to mount a screw on barrel extension allowing it to fire rifle grenades.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 round box
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire670 rpm
Barrel length352 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length876 mm / 647 mm
Width66 mm
Height225 mm
Weight3.79 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 round box
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire670 rpm
Barrel length369 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length975 mm / 740 mm
Width66 mm
Height225 mm
Weight4.00 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

AR 70/90

The AR 70/90 is a full size rifle of the AR 70/90 family and is fitted with a fixed plastic stock. The SC 70/90 is similar to the AR 70/90 but features a folding stock. The AS 70/90 is a light support weapon derived from the AR 70/90. It features a heavier barrel, large metal forearm, a bipod and heavy stock with shoulder plate. It uses standard 30 round STANAG magazines and is unique in its ability to fire rifle grenades.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 round box
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire670 rpm
Barrel length450 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity920 m/s
StockFixed
Length998 mm
Width66 mm
Height225 mm
Weight4.35 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 round box
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-3-F
Rate of fire670 rpm
Barrel length450 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity920 m/s
StockFoldable
Length986 mm / 756 mm
Width66 mm
Height225 mm
Weight4.35 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeLight support weapon
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 round box
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt, open bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire800 rpm
Barrel length465 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length1.000 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight5.34 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 300 and 800 m gradations, 555 mm sight radius
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

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