ARES-16™ Small Arms Family
The ARES-16™ small arms family represents a military grade, state-of-the-art advance in compact, lightweight and mission-configurable weapons. The ARES-16™ features a unique and patented receiver group from which a variety of military firearms can be configured including
- Assault Rifle
- Designated Marksman Rifle
- Magazine-Fed Assault Machine Gun
- Belt-Fed Assault Machine Gun
- Dual-Feed Assault Machine Gun
- Belt-Fed Mounted Light Machine Gun
All of the ARES-16™ weapons share significant part commonality for reduced logistical footprint and can be
user-arranged from one configuration to another in less than 30 seconds supporting “One Weapon, Any Mission!™”
ARES-16™ weapons are primarily chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge and accept a variety of Ball, Tracer and Special Purpose ammunition from NATO-Standard 30-round M16 magazines and/or NATO-Standard M27 linked ammunition packaged for the US M249 SAW. The ARES-16™ small arms system is available as a complete weapon or can be supplied as an upgrade kit to existing M16/M4 service rifle and carbines.
ARES-16™ MCR – Mission Configurable Rifle
The innovative ARES-16™ extends the longevity of America’s longest serving infantry weapon, the M-16, and significantly expands its lethality and operational utility with the introduction of a new warfighter solution; the ARES-16 MCR™ “Assault Machine Gun”.
The new ARES-16™ Assault Machine Gun bridges the capability gap that exists between M16/M4 rifles and the M249 light machine gun. The ARES-16 MCR™ is user-arranged into three discrete base configurations to provide a magazine-fed Assault Machine Gun (ARES-16™), a belt-fed Assault Machine Gun (ARES-1™), and a dual-feed Assault Machine Gun (ARES-2™) which fires interchangeably between magazine and belt-feed. In all present configurations, the ARES-16 MCR™ weapons are gas-piston operated, select-fire from a closed bolt; and feature MIL-STD 1913 rail interface system and quick-change barrels for ultimate mission flexibility.
Manufactured from high-strength aerospace alloys; the ARES-16 MCR™ weighs as little as 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) placing it in the size/weight envelope of an M4 Carbine but with the firepower of a light machine gun. Sound suppressor and grenade launcher capable; the compact and portable ARES-16™ Assault Machine Gun provides an individual operator with an unprecedented combination of decisive firepower and swift mobilety during special operations and high-speed military assault.
|Caliber||5.56 X 45mm NATO (.223REM)|
|Weight||7.5 lbs (3.4kg) Lightest Configuration|
|Barrel||16.25” (413mm) Quick Change 12“ (318mm), 20” (508mm) Optional Sound Suppressed Bbl Assy. Optional|
|Rifling||1:7” (1:178mm) RHT
1:9″ (1:229mm) RHT Optional
1:12” (1:305mm) RHT Optiona
|OAL||34.55” (876mm) with 16.25“ Bb|
|Feed Device||Magazine – All M16 magazines|
|Rate of Fire||625 – 1000 RPM|
|Operation||Gas-Piston, Short Stroke Tappet|
|Origin||United State of America|