This piece is adapted from an article appearing in Volume 5, Number 1 of the Small Arms Defence Journal.
In September 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Lithgow (New South Wales, Australia) at the invitation of Thales Australia in order to conduct a Test and Evaluation (T&E) of their Enhanced F88 Assault Rifle. This weapon is being developed for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 125 Phase 3C program. Pending the results of Department of Defence testing, this rifle will be in the early stages of manufacturing in 2014. A version of the EF88, with several minor differences, is being marketed globally by Thales as the F90, drawing directly on the Australian small arms experience. The EF88 is the latest iteration of the long-serving F88 Austeyr; this updated weapon has been designed and produced more than 20 years after the first F88 rifles entered service in Australia, and over 35 years since the Steyr AUG on which it is based was first designed in Austria. Fundamentally, the EF88 remains much the same as its predecessors: a bullpup-configuration selective fire weapon, chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, short-stroke piston operated and firing from a closed bolt.
Despite core similarities, the EF88 features a number of improvements designed to make the weapon more user-friendly and more combat effective. Many of these changes were inspired by a combination of operational user input and Defence specifications, whilst others were entirely Thales Australia’s own concepts. In fact, Thales Australia made a corporate decision to exceed the specifications laid out by Defence in Land 125, and have upgraded their operations at Lithgow from ‘build-to-print’ manufacturing to encompass a true Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) capability.
Categories: ADF, Ammunition & Ordnance, Small Arms & Light Weapons
Tags: 40mm, 40x46, 5.56x45, EF88, F1A1, F90, firearms review, M1006, Madritsch, ML40AUS, nic jenzen-jones, small arms, Steyr AUG, Thales Australia
By N.R. Jenzen-Jones
The author firing an EF88 with 20″ barrel (with 4x ACOG and Harris bipod) out to 600yds. Photo courtesy of Julian Elliott (Thales Australia).
Last week I was in Lithgow at the invitation of Thales Australia, and had the opportunity to conduct a test and evaluation of the new EF88 assault rifle (essentially the same as the F90, with some minor changes for the Australian Land 125 Phase 3C program). I shared the range with the boys from On Duty Magazine, and got the chance to fire both the 20″ and 16″ barrel version of the EF88, and to utilise a range of accessories (foregrip, 4x and 1.5x ACOGs, suppressor, bipod, under-barrel grenade launcher, and so on).
Categories: ADF, Ammunition & Ordnance, Small Arms & Light Weapons, Travel
Tags: 40mm, 5.56x45, acog, ADF, AGL, AUG, EF88, F90, Kokoda SMG, Lithgow, Madritsch, MCEM, McRudden Light Machine Rifle, small arms, Solothurn S18-1100, Steyr, Thales
Tear Gas ID is a wordpress site that is based on the idea of crowdsourcing identifications for less-lethal chemical weapons remnants found during the course of protests and government actions in Egypt. So far, the site has been responsible for IDing a variety of weapons (such as in the photo from the site, above) from the US, Britain, and China, amongst other places. What’s also important to note is that the site has also proven itself as a resource for disproving false positives, such as this propane gas canister previously misidentified as a CS delivery device.
I believe the item shown above is a fin-stabilised projectile from a Safariland/Defense Technology 37mm ‘Tactical Deployments’ Liquid Ferret Round.
If you think it’s something else, leave a comment below, or get in contact with me.
Update 13/12/2011: I’m trying a little crowdsourcing of weapons IDs myself! Check out my new post here.
Categories: Small Arms & Light Weapons
Tags: 37mm, 40mm, chemical, crowdsourcing, cs, egypt, ferret, protests, small arms, tear gas, teargas