The Kalashnikov assault rifle is one of the most famous samples in the world. Not one automatic model was created on its basis. weapons. However, there are no unshakable things - AK in a number of parameters required serious improvement and modernization. Now at the IZHMASH plant they are preparing a new model - AK-12, in the hope of giving a new weapon to the Russian army and returning the MO order, and presenting it to the open market. However, were they late for Izhmash? Meet Galil Ace, an Israeli machine gun in the service of Latin American armies.
Galil Ace was a modernization of the classic Galil machine gun, and a distant descendant of AK. Initially, the company Valmet bought the AK license, creating its own model in the 5.56 caliber version, then the Israelis bought out a sublicense from the Finns and modernized the machine in their style, returning the frezirovanny receiver box (which was such only in early AK models), solving a number of problems with ergonomics ( butt, thumb protector, slide handle), etc. In the classic layout in Galil there was even a bottle opener (it is assumed that it appeared due to a large number of reservists). Galil was perhaps the most sought-after version of AK, and the ergonomic solutions used in it are often used to customize AK and Saiga carbines in the United States.
However, time passed. Galil was replaced at first by the M16 in different versions (“Galil” remained only in the support units, having left the infantry), and then “Tavor”. There was no place for “Galilu” in the IDF. However, the machine was still in demand on the international market. In particular, the Colombians turned to the Israelis, in whose army Galil had been successfully used for a long time. And now, a few years ago, a sample was created that corrected the main shortcomings of its predecessor.
Galil Ace turned out pretty good rifle. What was changed in it?
First, the machine has reduced the weight - its shortened version weighs 2.8 kg. This is achieved by actively using plastics and stamping. The receiver box is milled from steel, so it has high strength and resource. The cover of the receiver is stamped from steel, the neck of the magazine receiver, trigger guard and pistol grip are made of high-strength plastic.
Metal parts have a special anti-corrosion coating. Galil Ace is available in three lengths, under three different types of ammunition: NATO 5.56x45, 7.62x39 M43 and NATO 7.62x51.
Secondly, the details are interchangeable with other automata of the Galil system.
Thirdly, a telescopic butt and Picatinny rail, a convenient shaft for a magazine, a trigger mechanism and a fuse are installed.
Fourth, the slide lag has appeared, the recoil of the weapon has been reduced.
The flame arrester allows you to shoot rifle grenades.
Fifth, the bolt handle is moved to the left side, and the slot is covered with a dust cover that automatically opens when the bolt carrier rolls back and also automatically closes when it arrives in the forward position, reliably protecting the mechanisms of the weapon from dust, dirt and other foreign objects, regardless of fuse position.
The fuse-translator of fire regimes is duplicated on both sides of the weapon and provides firing with single shots and bursts.
The main consumer of Galil ACE is the Colombian army and is manufactured there under an IWI license by the Colombian factory Indumil. But they are not the only ones. The 22 of September at the Armament of the Defense Ministry of Peru Fábrica de Armas y Municiones del Ejército SAC (FAME) opened the assembly line of Israeli machine guns / assault rifles Galil ACE.
The licensed production of Galil ACE 21, 31 / 32 and 52 / 53 automatons for 7,62 × 51 mm, 5,56 × 45 mm and 7,62 × 39 mm ammunition cartridges will be carried out by the Peruvian enterprise in accordance with the agreement signed in the middle of the 2010 year, and the agreement will be signed. Weapon Industries (IWI).
The production capacity of FAME is designed for the release of 2000 machines per month. At the first stage, the Peruvian enterprise will assemble weapons from components supplied by an Israeli company. In the second stage, FAME will begin manufacturing the individual parts. In the future, it is planned to master the production of Galil ACE machines in full.
Previously, FAME employees underwent a short-term technical training course at the IWI plant in Tel Aviv. The army of Peru has adopted a machine gun.
Also, it is supplied to El Salvador, Guatemala and is in service with the special police forces of Mexico. To look at the machine in the Philippines.
According to the newspaper Globes of 2011, Vietnam also views Israeli weapons as a replacement for its outdated designs. Vietnamese marines are already "lit up" with Tavor. However, in addition, the 100 contract of millions of dollars was also reported, which includes the construction of a plant for the production of Galil: its construction, according to the information given in the article, should begin in 2013.
Moreover, a new version of Galil Ace - Galil Ace N is already on sale, with an adapter for the M16 stores. AK-12 should go to the series only in the 2013 year. How to know if Izhmash will be late with his version of the machine? Or maybe already late. In order not to finally lose his reputation and finally not lose positions, Izhmash will have to thoroughly try, and, finally, come up with something new.
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