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Beretta ARX160



Overview


ARX160

Right side view of Beretta ARX160 assault rifle with optics and forward grip.
Source: www.thefirearmblog.com - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Italy
Type
Assault rifle
Entered service
2010
Status
In service
Development
2000's
Developer
Italy - Beretta
Ulrich Zedrosser
Production
2008 - present
Producer
Italy - Beretta
Unit cost
1.200 to 1.500 Euro in 2009
Number produced
Over 40.000 produced by 2015, production continues

Description


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.

Details


ARX160

Right side view of Beretta ARX160 assault rifle with GLX160 under barrel grenade launcher.
Source: www.aiad.it - © copyright lies with original owner

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.

Facts ARX160 (carbine) ARX160 (rifle)
General
Origin
Italy
Type
Assault rifle
Caliber
Caliber
5.56x45mm NATO
Feed system
30 round box
Barrel length
305 mm
Operation
Action
Gas operated, short stroke gas piston
Locking
Rotating bolt
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
700 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Retractable and foldable
Length
813 mm stock extended
762 mm stock retracted
584 mm stock folded
Width
70 mm
Height
280 mm with magazine and sights
215 mm without magazine
Weight
3.0 kg empty
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights, flip-up
Range adjustment
5 positions up to 600 m
Sight radius
381 mm
Optical
Optional, Picatinny rail on top

Media


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Beretta GLX160

The GLX160 is a grenade launcher developed for use on the ARX160, but can be used stand-alone as well.