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Beretta ARX160

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Assault rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    2000's

  • DESIGNER
    Ulrich Zedrosser (Beretta)

  • PRODUCTION
    2008 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Beretta

  • QUANTITY
    Over 40.000 produced, production continues.

  • UNIT COST
    1.200 to 1.500 Euro in 2009.

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Ergonomic ambidextrous design
    Limited weight
    Large and bulky

Introduction

The ARX160 is a modern assault rifle of Italian origin. Development started in the early 2000's for the Italian Soldado Futuro future soldier program.

Design

The design is a departure from Beretta's previous AR 70/90 in being gas operated by means of a short stroke gas piston. Internally the weapon is made out of metal with the furniture being all plastics. A four position folding stock is standard. The design is modular as barrels can be swapped, the caliber could be changed and Picatinny rails allow mounting of accessories and optics.

Firepower

The ARX160 fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from 30 round STANAG magazines. It is capable of semi-automatic fire and fully automatic fire at a 700 round per minute cyclic rate of fire. It is possible to mount the GLX160 under-barrel grenade launcher.

Users

The ARX160 has been bought in limited quantities by several users. It has been chosen as part of the the Italian Soldado Futuro future soldier program and may be acquired in quantity.

Variants

ARX160

The ARX160 is a modern and ergonomic assault rifle. Although capable of being produced in several calibers the ARX160 is only available in 5.56mm NATO. The barrel can be quickly changed and two barrel lengths are available.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire700 rpm
Barrel length305 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockRetractable and foldable
Length820 mm / 580 mm
Width?
Height280 mm with magazine and sights
Weight3 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 5 positions up to 600 m, optics optional
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire700 rpm
Barrel length406 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockRetractable and foldable
Length920 mm / 680 mm
Width?
Height280 mm with magazine and sights
Weight3.1 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 5 positions up to 600 m, optics optional
Remarks-

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