Polish Army to procure thousands of Beryl WZ 96C automatic rifles 40806161

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Polish Army to procure thousands of Beryl WZ 96C automatic rifles
The Polish Army will procure 26,000 new assault rifles in the 5.56x45 NATO calibre, made by the Polish company Fabryka Broni Lucznik Radom (FB Radom). The contract includes 17,621 WZ 96C Beryl and 8,400 WZ 96C Mini Beryl rifles. In addition, all the WZ 96A and B rifles, acquired in the previous years, will be upgraded to the C version.
     
Polish Army to procure thousands of Beryl WZ 96C automatic rifles
The new WZ 96C Beryl and Mini Beryl will standardize the Polish Armed Forces assault rifles, replacing the WZ 88, AK and AKM series, until the induction of the MSBS rifle currently under development  at FB Radom (Photo: FB Radom)
     

Deliveries will start this year and will be concluded in 2019, thus keep the production line at FB Radom open for a few more years. The new rifles will fully replace the older WZ 88 Tantal (5.45x39), AK and AKM series (7.62x39) that have remained in service until now. The total value of the contract is estimated at USD39.4 million.

The rifle was designed in the mid-90s, derived from the AK-47. Version “C” is the third generation, featuring many characteristics found in western type rifles such as the Picatinny rails for the installation of accessories and modern sights; an adjustable buttstock; a redesigned pistol grip and handguard; a vertical handgrip for CQB and transparent plastic ammunition magazines, which transform the rifle into a weapon system.
 

 

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