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Fabryka Broni sells Grot rifles to African customer

PGZ has been awarded a contract by an unnamed East African country for Grot rifles chambered in 7.62×39 mm. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa: PGZ) announced in a press release on 19 May that it had been awarded a contract by an East African country for Grot rifles chambered in 7.62×39 mm. The company would not disclose the customer‘s name and the contract value.

The firearms, manufactured by PGZ subsidiary Fabryka Broni (FB) 'Łucznik' Radom, will be delivered with under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGLs) and daylight optical sights manufactured by another PGZ subsidiary, Przemysłowe Centrum Optyki (PCO). Janes expects the 7.62×39 mm Grot rifles to be delivered with 16-inch barrels, telescopic stocks, and 30-round magazines. The weapons can be operated in full-auto and single-shot modes and they have a theoretical rate of fire of 700–900 rds/min.

Janes expects the rifles to be delivered with 40 mm GP UBGL and PCO DCM-1 Szafir daylight scopes as both were developed for the MSBS modular weapon system. Although PGZ did not reveal the buyer‘s name, the Rwandan Ambassador to Poland, Anastasy Shyaka, on 21 February visited FB, where he fired the MSBS Grot rifles.

The MSBS modular system includes classic and bullpup rifles chambered in 5.56×45 mm, 7.62×39 mm, and 7.62×51 mm. The 5.56 mm Grot C16 has been delivered to the Polish Armed Forces since 2017. After the Russian attack on Ukraine on 24 February, approximately 10,000 Grot C16 FB-A2s from the Polish Armed Forces' stocks were delivered to the Ukrainian army.

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