According to Jane’s 360 and the producer Fabryka Broni the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (abbreviated DICON) and the holding company Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have agreed to begin the production of the Beryl M762 military rifle.
Eventually, the full production will take place in Nigeria, at the Ordnance Factory Complex in Kaduna.
According to Jane’s the Beryl M762 is an export variant of the Polish military’s 5.56 mm Beryl wz. 96C service rifle that is chambered in 7.62×39 mm.
Below: Note the suppressor. Looks like B&T’s model with QD.
From the Press Release from Fabryka Broni – please note it is auto-translated from Polish.
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa signed with the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) a memorandum on defining conditions and rules for technology transfer for the production of Beryl M762 rifles in Nigeria.
On Monday, March 26 at the headquarters of Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” in Radom, a memorandum with the Nigerian company DICON was solemnly signed. The content of the memorandum sets out the rules and conditions for the Beryllium M762 carabiner technology divided into three stages in Nigeria. The Polish Armaments Group was represented by the chairman of the board, Dr. Jakub Skiba and members of the board Paweł Pelc and Michał Kuczmierowski, while the Nigerian side of the director-general DICON general of the division Bamidele OlalekeOgunkale and director of the legal office DICON Kike Abiodun Bello. The letter of intent was signed in the presence of the Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defense, Sebastian Chwałek.
– Abuja’s Armed Forces have been using Beryl M762 carabiners for several years. Very good opinions about them were one of the main reasons why our partners from Nigeria chose them as products that have a chance to become the basic equipment of their soldiers. This is a great opportunity not only for the Radom Factory of Arms, but also for other companies from our Group, to build a bridgehead for further expansion on these markets – said PGZ S.A., Dr. Jakub Skiba, after signing the memorandum.
Beryllium M762 is the equivalent of the modified wz.1 carabiner used by the Polish Army in 2009 96C. The only difference is ammunition – version M762 uses cartridges 7.62 mm x 39, while in Poland 5.56 mm x 45 ammunition is used.
In February 2015, the first batch of 1000 Polish Byzantes M762 along with repair kits hit the Nigerian army. This was the result of a contract worth over PLN 3.3 million, signed between Fabryka Broni and the Nigerian army in 2014. Another contract was concluded at the beginning of 2015 and included the sale of 500 Beryllium M762 powered by a 7.62 mm x 39 cartridge and 10 Mini Beryl M556 subcarabinets for 5.56 mm x 45 ammunition. Deliveries were made at the end of June 2015. The PGZ Group companies also provided supplies of training systems dedicated to Beryl carabiners.
– Representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces praise the reliability, ease of use and ergonomics of our Beryllium. Difficult climatic conditions and the asymmetry of the threats that Nigerian military face on a daily basis builds the demand for solid products. All the more glad that this product are carbines from Fabryka Broni – said the president of the management board of Fabryka Broni “Łucznik”, Adam Suliga.
– Today’s memorandum is the next step on the path of cooperation with Nigeria. Development of an effective technology transfer model within the partnership with DICON will expand our competence to further expand into foreign markets and strengthen our position among other potential partners – added a member of the management board of Fabryka Broni “Łucznik”, Maciej Borecki.
Defense Industries Corportation of Nigeria, DICON, is a state-owned company of the Nigerian state, subject to the Nigerian Armed Forces. Deals mainly with special trade, ie production of defense equipment and products for the civil market, with special emphasis on small arms and ammunition dedicated to it.
The M762 has accessory rails and uses standard AK-47 magazines.
The fire selector comes with a single shot, three-round burst, and full-automatic modes.
You can check Nigeria’s current rifles here.