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Portuguese Army plans to acquire new small arms

29 October 2017

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is expected to issue a request for proposals (RfP) for new small arms for the Portuguese Army, a military source told Jane’s .

The NSPA is conducting procurement on behalf of the Portuguese Army under an agreement between the two parties.

The acquisition, worth up to EUR42.8 million (USD50.3 million), foresees the purchase by 2022 of 11,000 5.56x45 mm assault rifles, 300 7.62x51 mm assault rifles, 830 5.56x45 mm light machine guns, 320 7.62x51 mm light machine guns, 450 7.62x51 mm precision rifles, 1,700 grenade launchers, 380 shotguns, and 3,400 sights.

The project comes under the 'Protection and survivability of land forces' capability chapter of Portugal's Military Programming Law 2015-26.

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