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Army October 27, 2011
WEIGHT reduction, more customisation
options and a better integrated grenade launch-
er attachment are among the improvements
to be made in a Steyr upgrade announced on
As part of the Land 125 Phase 3C program,
Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare announced
$8m in funding to produce a qualified rifle design
ready for production.
Key changes to the Australian-built Austeyr,
produced under licence from a design by Austrian
weapons maker Steyr, will include:
A modular design to reduce weight and
improve weapon balance.
Greater integration of NATO standard
(Picatinny) rails allowing for a range of off-
the-shelf attachments to be fitted for mission-
specific weapon configurations for marksmen,
commanders and grenadiers under a subse-
quent stage of the program.
Improved integration of a new grenade launch-
er attachment and grenade launcher sight into
Optimising the rifle to use the latest 5.56mm
round and also making the rifle interoperable
with coalition partners' ammunition types.
Once the design is complete, the upgraded
weapons will be manufactured at the Soldier
Systems Centre in Lithgow, NSW, where ADF
weapons have been made for the past 99 years.
The new weapons are forecast to begin rolling
out by 2015.
out by 2015
Personal weapon: The Steyr will undergo a
major upgrade in the next four years to reduce
weight and improve customisation options.
Photo by Sgt John Waddell
A HIGHLY successful operation
conducted by the Afghan National
Security Forces (ANSF) and their
Special Operations Task Group
(SOTG) partners has seized and
destroyed a large cache of chemi-
cals used to manufacture IEDs
from compounds in Kandahar prov-
During the ANSF-led mission
early this month, several compounds
of interest were cleared and more
than 800kg of refined ammonium
nitrate was seized and destroyed.
Ammonium nitrate is a key com-
ponent used to manufacture IEDs.
SOTG CO Lt Col G said the
quantity of ammonium nitrate could
have manufactured about 50 IEDs.
"The destruction of such a large
volume of ammonium nitrate will
significantly degrade the insurgents'
capability to manufacture IEDs to
attack civilians, ISAF and Afghan
forces in the area," Lt-Col G said.
"The concentrated efforts of the
ANSF and SOTG continue to make
steady progress in improving the
security situation and degrading the
insurgency in the lead up to a transi-
tion to Afghan-led security responsi-
bility by the end of 2014."
The cordon and search mission
focused on the disruption of insur-
During the mission, a person of
interest was detained. He was trans-
ferred to Multinational Base Tarin
Kot for processing.
The ANSF led the success-
ful mission without any casualties
Ten Australian soldiers have
been killed in action while serv-
ing in Afghanistan as a result of
seized in raids
Joint mission: Afghan forces partnered with SOTG personnel for a mission in Kandahar province in which more than 800kg of refined
ammonium nitrate, a material used to make IEDs, was seized and destroyed. Pictured here are SOTG personnel training with members
of the Afghan National Police's Provincial Response Company.
Threat reduction: IEDs continue to be a major hazard for
troops and civilians in Afghanistan. The seized materials could
have been used to manufacture about 50 IEDs.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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