Beretta AR70/90

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Beretta AR70/90
TypeAssault rifle
Place of origin Italy
Service history
Used bySee Users
WarsWar in Afghanistan, Iraq War
Production history
DesignerBeretta
Designed1972 (AR70/90 .223)
1985 (AR70/90)
ManufacturerBeretta
VariantsSee Variants
Specifications
Weight3.99 kg (8.80 lb) (varies slightly)
Length998 mm (39.3 in) (varies slightly)

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
Caliber5.56
ActionGas-operated
Rate of fire650 RPM (varies slightly)
Muzzle velocity950 m/s (3,100 ft/s)
Effective range500 m (1,600 ft)
Feed system30 round STANAG Magazine,
100-round C-Mag drum magazine
SightsIron/grenade sights
 
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Beretta AR70/90
TypeAssault rifle
Place of origin Italy
Service history
Used bySee Users
WarsWar in Afghanistan, Iraq War
Production history
DesignerBeretta
Designed1972 (AR70/90 .223)
1985 (AR70/90)
ManufacturerBeretta
VariantsSee Variants
Specifications
Weight3.99 kg (8.80 lb) (varies slightly)
Length998 mm (39.3 in) (varies slightly)

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
Caliber5.56
ActionGas-operated
Rate of fire650 RPM (varies slightly)
Muzzle velocity950 m/s (3,100 ft/s)
Effective range500 m (1,600 ft)
Feed system30 round STANAG Magazine,
100-round C-Mag drum magazine
SightsIron/grenade sights

The Beretta AR70/90 is a gas operated self loading assault rifle chambered for the 5.56mm cartridge, and is the standard issue service rifle of the Italian Armed Forces. The weapon also features grenade sights, and is designed to be fitted with a rifle grenade. The AR series comes in many variants such as the AR90 which features a wire folding stock, for use by paratroopers.

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History

The Beretta AR70/90 assault rifle was developed in the 1980s when the Italian Government decided that its military and law enforcement agencies needed a new standard service weapon. It was made to be compatible with other NATO weapons by the adoption of standard 5.56mm STANAG loaders, whereas the AR70/90's predecessor, the BM59, derived from the U.S. M1 Garand, was chambered in 7.62 (.308), another NATO caliber which today is considered suitable mostly for sniper use or machine gun employment.

Description

The AR-70/90 is a moderately weighty weapon, scaling at approx. 4 kg in standard configuration, but still manufactured according to 1980s standards, i.e. with limited use of polymers (plastic parts), resorting to stainless steel whenever possible (a Beretta staple). A precise, solid and reliable weapon, with three firing positions (full auto, three-round burst, and single shot) and a safe, it sports a carrying handle not unlike that seen on classic Vietnam-era M16, a long, bulky barrel and a hollow stock. It is usually fitted with an ACOG or a red dot optic.

Future

As of late 2010 the AR70/90 is supplemented in service by the new Beretta ARX-160, a totally new project which sees a great leap forward in soldier-to-weapon interfacing, several major developments in sighting and firepower such as the integrated (and also detachable) grenade launcher GLX-160, and the "Future Soldier Program" integration. The replacement should be completed by 2014 according to Beretta delivering capabilities.

Variants

VersionCaliberLengthBarrel lengthMassEffective rangeRate of fire
AR70/2235.56×45mm M193995 mm450 mm3.8 kg400 m650 rpm
AR70/90, SC70/905.56×45mm NATO998 (756) mm450 mm4.07 kg500 m670 rpm
SCP70/905.56×45mm NATO908 (663) mm360 mm3.8 kg350 m670 rpm

Users

Italian soldier of the Folgore Brigade armed with an SC70/90 rifle.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35th edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
  2. ^ a b c http://world.guns.ru/assault/as11-e.htm

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