Infantry Weapons

Brazilian Army adopts IA2 rifles

18 July 2017

The Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro: EB) is gradually switching to the domestically produced IA2 rifle, the EB confirmed in a 14 July statement.

The 5.56x45 mm IA2 carries a 30-round magazine, Picatinny rail, folding stock, and weighs 3.38 kg unloaded. The rifle can be automatic or semi-automatic, and can shoot up to 600 rounds per minute. It is manufactured by the Brazilian company Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil (IMBEL), and is to replace the aging FAL.

The project is to cost BRL50 million (USD16 million), the army reported, but it is unclear how many units are being produced or by when the old rifles will be fully replaced.

(109 of 174 words)