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GLX160

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Under barrel grenade launcher

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    2000's

  • DESIGNER
    Beretta

  • PRODUCTION
    2008 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Beretta

  • QUANTITY
    Several thousand produced to date, production continues.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Ergonomic design
    Low weight
    Standalone capability
    Breech loaded

Introduction

The GLX160 is a grenade launcher of Italian origin. It was designed as the under-barrel grenade launcher for the ARX160 assault rifle. Development started in the early 2000's for the Italian Soldado Futuro future soldier program. It can also be used as a standalone grenade launcher.

Design

The GLX160 is a single shot grenade launcher that operates in a similar way as the US M203. For reloading the barrel slides forwards among rails and a round is inserted. By sliding the barrel back the weapon is cocked. The barrel is made out of steel and the other parts of polymer.

Firepower

The GLX160 fires standard NATO 40x46mm low velocity grenades. The effective range is 400 meters. The rate of fire is limited to the users reload speed. A capable operator can fire several rounds per minute. Aiming is done using iron sights, although an optoelectronic fire control system has been developed.

Users

The GLX160 has been adopted by several users of the ARX160 assault rifle. It is currently not marketed for mounting on other types of assault rifles.

Variants

GLX160

The GLX160 is a single shot grenade launcher designed to be mounted under the ARX160 assault rifle. It can also be used as a stand alone weapon system with the addition of an addon furniture, which is fitted with a pistol grip, telescopic stock and sight unit.

TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, rotating bolt, double action trigger
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length280 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length364 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1 kg
SightsLadder sight on top of rifle
Remarks-
TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, rotating bolt, double action trigger
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length280 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockRetractable
Length700 mm / 580 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.2 kg
SightsLadder sight
Remarks-

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