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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

LIVE FIRE - Australian Army Steyr Upgrade

The Australian Army will be upgrading their current F88 Australian Steyr to the EF88.
It will have the following improvements.

-Longer top rail, side and bottom rails for attachment of weapon ancillaries.

-Designed for optimal performance with new interoperable F1A1 5.56mm ammunition.

-Length of Pull has been shortened by 15mm – improves the ability of the operator to handle the weapon while wearing body armor.

-Modular Lower Fore End – enables operator to change ancillaries and roles in the field.

-Floating Barrel – removal of attachment point from barrel increases the accuracy and reliability of the weapon.

-Fluted Barrel – reduction in barrel weight and increase in performance.

-Folding Cocking Handle – improvement in ergonomics and correction of vulnerability in current design.

-Improved Butt design – increased strength to improve safety, ejection port cover recessed to improved operator interface and reliability.

-Provision for Electronic Architecture – to allow centralized control and power management of ancillary devices.

-Bolt-together Butt – to allow access to fit, maintain and repair the Electronic Architecture components.

-Improved Butt Plate – Improves operator interface and correction of vulnerability in current design.

-Improved Grenade Launcher Mount – improves the balance of the weapon, reducing operator fatigue and increasing accuracy.

-Side-opening Grenade Launcher – can fire all currently available 40mm low velocity grenades (current M203 Launcher is limited).

-Improved Grenade Launcher safety – reduces possibility of unauthorized discharge and danger to operator in the event of misfire.

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