Polish armed forces will acquire 18,000 local-made MSBS Grot assault rifles

According to a Tweet released on April 25, 2020, by Polish minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland works on a new contract for the delivery of 18,000 MSBS GROT assault rifles to the Polish armed forces manufactured by the local firearms company FB "Łucznik" Radom.

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Polish-made MSBS GROT assault rifle at MSPO defense exhibition in Poland. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The FB MSBS Grot is a 5.56mm assault rifle designed and manufactured by the Polish firearms company FB "Łucznik" Radom. The Grot name has been added to the MSBS after the official adoption of the rifle by the Polish Armed Forces. In September 2017 during the MSPO defense exhibition in Poland, FB "Łucznik" Radom has signed a contract with the Polish Ministry of Defense for the delivery of 53,000 GROT assault rifles in standard configuration 5.56mm caliber to the territorial defense forces of Poland.

There are two basic variants developed by FB that is based on a common upper receiver including a conventional assault rifle and a bullpup variant. With its variety of modules, both variants can be easily transformed into an assault rifle, carbine, designated marksman rifle or light support weapon.

The GROT assault rifle is an individual selective-fire, gas-operated weapon available in 5.56 and 7.62mm calibers. It is fully designed and manufactured in Poland. The modular small arms system with quick-change barrel is based on a common upper receiver for a conventional folding stock or bullpup design.

The MSBS GROT 5.56mm is totally ambidextrous. All controls are doubled, or placed as to allow actuating with either hand (Radon-B bolt catch). Both configurations are designed to be modular and can be easily configured into an assault rifle, carbine, designated marksman rifle, or squad automatic weapon