Taiwan Introduces New 7.62mm XT107 Designated Marksman Rifle at TADTE 2017, Updates XT105 Rifle

Taiwan’s 205th Armory small arms design bureau has unveiled a 7.62x51mm NATO Designated Marksman’s rifle at the 2017 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition as evidenced by the Sohu news agency. Designated the XT107, it is a 7.62x51mm NATO version of a modular 5.56x45mm NATO rifle of the same name. Taiwan has had this modular service rifle in development since at least 2013 with the XT97, later renamed the XT105 in 2015, and appears to have been renamed XT107 in the latest iteration. Unfortunately, we haven’t had an in-depth look at the internals of the rifle since the XT97 so we cannot discuss at length about what changes the design has undergone. However, one thing is for sure and that is Taiwanese Defense Forces still appear to be armed with the 5.56x45mm NATO T91 service rifle, and as of now we don’t have any information showing if the adoption of a new service rifle will take place in the near future.

From what we know about the XT97, it would appear that the XT107 DM rifle uses a Kalashnikov gas piston operating system, has modular characteristics that allow quick changing of the barrel in addition to different barrel lengths available. The rifle on display appears to be suppressor capable with an attachment system similar to a Knight’s Armament locking tab. It has a full-length Picatinny rail at 12 o’clock and appears to have either M-Lok or Keymod “esque” mounting sections along the sides of the handguard.





Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • Joe

    I guess everything’s cyclical, even OCONUS.
    In the US, 7.62×51 dumped for 5.56 due to more rounds carried/controllability in FA (60’s), 5.56 lethality neutered in favor of armor penetration (80’s), 5.56 lethality restored while retaining armor penetration (2012?), 5.56 dumped in favor of 7.62×51’s range and supposed increased armor penetration (2020-ish).
    And the wheel keeps turning…

    • Stuki Moi

      I find redeploying 7.62×51 a much more understandable choice for a smaller military, than for one of the US’ size, budgets and sophistication.

    • Samuel Millwright

      Lethality neutered?

      Ok chief

      • CavScout

        Yes. In Vietnam we used the M193 55gr bullet that fragments in flesh very well. Then we went to M855 62gr bullet, which only yaws until it’s going butt first when hitting flesh. We’re one of the few, if not only, country that switched from the actually very effective 55gr round.

    • CavScout

      Whatever, just tell the Taiwanese to start building and exporting them to us. And more ammo!

  • Brett baker

    Meet the ICSR winner!

  • Friend of Tibet

    Taiwan’s military is at the all time low…..they don’t have budget or resource for massive firearm replacement, cool design for sure but sadly these will not be put in hands of any infantry any time soon.

    • Kwong

      Hate to bad mouthing but the use of their defense budget is…… questionable.

      • Peter Nissen

        Please explain????

  • T C

    SIG like?

  • Sylvain Paquette

    What’s the price range and could it be non-restricted for Canada?

  • BFG-9000

    6.6M USD isnt much armyspending-vise. And troops cant run around naked.

  • Raven Ho
    • CavScout

      Awwwwww, screw that AK thing.
      But it looks cool on the outside, which is enough to sway politicians and the public.

  • John

    I wouldn’t bother with replacing the T91 all at once. Just upgrade it as the M4 was. Ambi controls, heavy barrel, rail system, collapsing stock. Parts for that are cheap.