Names with a familiar ring, each renowned in their own right, are now integrated under the banner of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT). Owned by Beretta Holdings, the unified entity BDT (Hall 1, Stand B144) brings together Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner, each a market leader and master of excellence.
Italy’s Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, the world’s largest and oldest small arms manufacturer (founded in 1526) has partnered with many international defence and law enforcement agencies.
Benelli is a world-renowned producer of innovative tactical semi-automatics, rifles and pump action shotguns. Established in 1921, Sako of Finland is a pioneer in the design of bolt-action sniper rifles and a leading European manufacturer of premium ammunition. Steiner, a world-leading German manufacturer of military binoculars and riflescopes, has an enviable reputation for high-precision quality and reliability.
As one of six companies selected for Italy’s ‘Soldato Futuro’ (Future Soldier) programme, Beretta developed the new ARX‑160 assault rifle, now on display at SOFEX. The ARX-160 A3 can be configured into several variants with a minimum change of parts and is capable of single-shot and fully automatic fire. BDT claims it is the only in-production and inservice multi-calibre weapon (with three calibres) available.
Fully ambidextrous with seamless transition from right- to left-hand users, the ARX-160 A3 is equipped with MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rails on all sides, allowing 100 per cent compatibility with any sights or accessories. The weapon is virtually lubricant-free, a huge advantage when operating in sandy/desert conditions. It is claimed to fire in salt water, mud and other hostile environments such as swamps and jungles.
The ARX-160 A3 is extremely lightweight – approximately 3kg without accessories in standard configuration.
BDT is also showing its new GLX-160 grenade launcher, available as a UBGL and at 1kg, the lightest in the world.