New Iranian Assault Rifle Revealed

    Another new rifle from the Islamic Republic of Iran was being shown at the 15th IPAS Exhibition. It is a modern-looking weapon, distinct from the very modern looking Fateh announced in 2014. It was developed by the state-owned Iran Defense Industries Organization, and while its name has not yet been announced, it is chambered in either 5.56mm or 7.62×39. The rifle apparently accepts AK-pattern magazines; steel Galil-type magazines are shown in the 5.56mm variant, while polymer AK-100-series magazines are shown with the 7.62x39mm variant. Very little additional information is available, however, photos of both the new rifle and a KPOS-like chassis for what is apparently a Glock handgun or clone, are available at Defence.pk. Some of the photos are embedded below:

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    The new assault rifle. Note the evident dust cover, and that it uses AK pattern magazines. Image source: defence.pk

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    The 7.62x39mm variant. Note the waffle-pattern magazine, as well as the somewhat antiquated early-style A1 birdcage flash hider. Image source: defence.pk

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    Image source: defence.pk

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    Image source: defence.pk

    The above images have been grabbed from various regional news agencies, as evidenced by their marks. I made an effort to find the original sources for the images, but was unsuccessful for the latter two. The IRNA.ir page containing the first two images is available here. If any of our readers are fluent in Farsi or Arabic and/or have seen the original sources for the other two images, please let us know in the comments below.

    The rifle above is similar in appearance to an earlier Iranian rifle development, called alternately the Siavash-5 or Nabi, but the two are far from identical. Whether the projects are related or not is unknown.

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    Image source: defence.pk

     

    H/T Broń i Amunicja

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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