Polish Armed Forces to get 8,000 more Beryl and Mini Beryl 5.56 mm assault rifles 21408152

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Polish Armed Forces to get 8,000 more Beryl and Mini Beryl 5.56 mm assault rifles
The Polish arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni „Lucznik”-Radom Sp. z o.o. (Lucznik Radom Arms Factory) has recently signed a contract with the Polish Defense Ministry Armament Inspectorate for the delivery of nearly 8,000 Beryl Mod. 96 5.56 mm assault rifles and Mod. 96 Mini Beryl rifles. Value of the order reaches an amount of PLN 42.5 million (US$11.3M).
Polish Armed Forces to ge 8000more Beryl and Mini Beryl 5 56 mm assault rifles 640 001Lucznik Radom Arms Factory's Mini Beryl 5.56 mm assault rifle
By 2016, Lucznik Radom Arms Factory will deliver a total of 5,498 Beryl and 2,400 Mini Beryl rifles to the Polish Armed Forces.

The order is being realized as a single source procurement procedure. The Armament Inspectorate justifies the above mode with the fact that the Lucznik-Radom facility carried out the research and development works, financed by the Ministry of Defence, the aim of which was to implement the Beryl carbines utilizing the 5.56x45 mm NATO round. The deliveries are scheduled to be executed between 2015 and 2016.

These modern weapons will replace outdated AK rifles and their upgraded versions AKM. "We recently signed a contract with the [Polish] police. Now the recipient of our products will be Polish soldiers. We are very glad that our products are popular among domestic authorities, so will be serving the defense and security of country's citizens," said Edward Migal, CEO of Lucznik Radom Arms Factory.

The 5.56 mm Mod. 96 Beryl Assault Rifle is an individual selective fire automatic weapon for infantry, airborne and other troops. It is a reliable, accurate, enduring and robustly built rifle, resistant to the environmental challenges.

Sights are open, U-notch type, fitted with integrated tritium-lit night sights, enabling accurate fire both during the day and after dark. For enhanced handling a new, ergonomic pistol grip and optional front grip (fixed to the handguard or detachable using the integrated RIS interface) were fitted.

Beryl has a rifle grenade capability with bullet-trap grenades, enabling live rounds to be used for launching. The stock is rigid, telescoping with optional side-folding stock available. The upper and lower handguard integrated Picatinny rails (MIL-STD-1913 compatible) enable mounting of the different optoelectronic sights.

Beryl assault rifle is already in use with the Polish Army, as well as in the Lithuanian special forces. Nigeria also ordered the assault rifle, and received a batch of 500 Beryl carbines last week.