New Details on Beretta ARX-200 7.62mm Rifle

Three years ago, we broke the news that Beretta was working on a dual-caliber 7.62x51mm/7.62x39mm rifle, which reportedly would be available in 2013. This never came to pass, but Beretta apparently has continued work on the rifle, which has in common only the trigger group with its 5.56mm ARX-160 carbine. From Jane’s:

Beretta has revealed details of their new ARX-200 7.62×51 mm select-fire rifle for the Italian Armed Forces at Enforce Tac 2015 in Nuremberg.

According to officials the company has completed a couple of ARX-200 prototypes, which are currently undergoing qualification tests with the Italian Army.

The weapon is not based on the design of its predecessor, the ARX-160 assault rifle, but it does share some components including its trigger mechanism.

In 2014 the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) allocated EUR2.5 million (USD2.7 million) to Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta for the development of the new battle rifle. The Italian Armed Forces has announced a possible requirement for six batches of 1,170 rifles chambered in the NATO 7.62 cartridge.

As of yet, no pictures of the rifle are available, but as soon as they are, we will be sure to post them here at TFB.

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  • Esh325

    It’s pretty funny how when the 5.56 came along there was an idea that .308 rifles were nearly obsolete and now Afghanistan has changed that and everybody wants 308 rifles in their arsenal

    • Dave

      I know the current doctrine is for infantry to use firepower to prevent the enemy from moving and then using a force multiplier like air support or artillery to finish the job and end the engagement.

      However, clever opponents will often keep track of the time it takes for air support or artillery to arrive. There’s something to be said about winning an infantry engagement outright on the ground not only from a morale perspective (for both sides), but also from a cost perspective, too. .308 gives the range for places like Afghanistan, but it also turns many forms of cover into merely concealment. It gives infantry some of that capability, the capability win an engagement outright on the ground,

    • MPWS

      Here comes the idea of “lightweight” ammunition – up in smoke. At the same time .308 produces 2 times the impulse (12.0 vs. 6.5 Ns), so hit probability is in perils. Around and around it goes.

    • CommonSense23

      Cause the military loves trying to solve problems with tactics and training with technology.

      • Esh325

        I don’t know about that. There are just some things a 5.56 isn’t good at just like there are things a .308 isn’t good at

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Almost none of which apply to the majority of people who think they need a “battle rifle” in 308.

          Get one of you want it, but using the “well, it’s what I heard they like in Afganistan” argument is stupid.

          I’ve never seen anyone run a 308 rifle as a carbine or in a precision role as well as they could have a 556 gun, but whatever. Practicality be damned look how big the rounds are!

          • I am in agreement; America’s love of .30 caliber surpasses the caliber’s own niche.

        • CommonSense23

          Well if you are in a situation where you are being shot at outside 5.56 effective range in Afghanistan, you are playing into the strengths of the Taliban, as in moving during daylight. Instead of trying to move at night, when the TB have a hard time seeing what is going on

          And if you have been to Afghanistan and see how they build their mud walls and structures, you would know that you can’t punch thru them with a .50cal. So the whole idea that a 7.62 turns cover into concealment is moot.

          • Joshua

            Hell half the time the damn Carl Gustav can’t punch through those stupid mud huts they build.

            Those mud huts are built like tanks, and are a true masterpiece.

          • CommonSense23

            I almost said that but most people wouldn’t believe it.

  • Andrew Hobby

    Beretta has become a research and design company at this point. EVERY new gun they come out with is “Modular! Systems! Parts! Interchangeable!”

    Good luck ever finding the actual parts on the market.

    • LCON

      Every new Gun particularly military types on the market is likely to include Modular system, Interchangeable parts, Multi caliber

  • Lance

    Seems Italy regrets selling off its BM-59 fleet apart from the Navy who still uses them. Seems they have to adopt a new 7.62mm rifle.

  • Don Ward

    Can’t wait for the sultry photo shoot. Sexy Beretta gun pron is best gun pron. Just ask Gary the Glock.

  • James

    This shines a better light on the SCAR system, which has 80% parts commonality.

  • Anon E. Mouse

    We can be 99% sure the trigger will be awful, just like everything else Beretta makes. Looks that kill and a trigger that won’t .. should be their slogan