Thales introduces new generation of F90 military assault rifle
Thales has introduced the new generation of the F90 assault rifle, F90MBR – Modular Bullpup Rifle, for the modern integrated soldier.
Based on an open architecture, the new ambidextrous 3.25kg rifle incorporates a Nato tri-rail system and magazine compatibility to enable complete interoperability with existing Nato weapons.
The F90MBR features include availability in multiple barrel lengths, fully-ambidextrous forward bolt and magazine release controls, and a ‘drop free’ magazine release function.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: “The F90MBR is the result of our ambition to support soldiers on operations – we’ve made long-term investment in an advanced weapons manufacturing capability in Australia, and this is reinforced by over 100 years of weapons engineering and leading design expertise, at our facility in Lithgow, Australia.
“The F90MBR is a weapon ideally suited to the modern integrated soldier. Light, compact and adaptable, its compatibility with existing Nato weapons and ammunition offers a cost-effective upgrade with a substantial degree of future-proofing.
“The new generation weapon is evolved from a reliable, battle-proven platform in the F90 Assault Rifle, unsurpassed for its high levels of accuracy and reliability.”
Suitable for use by amphibious forces, the weapon allows an operator to quickly transition between different tactical employments of the system.
Using the F90MBR, a soldier can easily reach up to 600m accurately, even under demanding environmental conditions.