Infantry Weapons

Brazil adopts Minimi machine gun across land forces

03 November 2013

The Brazilian Army has unveiled plans to equip all combat units with FN Herstal's 5.56 mm Minimi machine gun, replacing the 7.62 mm heavy automatic rifle (Fuzil Automático Pesado - FAP) that is becoming obsolete.

The aim is to standardise the use of military weaponry with the Brazilian Navy, which already uses the Minimi, and to bring equipment in line with the modern Brazilian-produced Imbel IA2 assault rifle that uses the same 5.56 mm calibre.

"We are expecting delivery of the first batch of Minimi early in the new year," a Brazilian army spokesperson revealed to IHS Jane's on 31 October.

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