Country of origin
3.2 - 3.7 kg
Length (with folded stock)
850 - 900
Cyclic rate of fire
650 - 750 rpm
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
150, 300 m
Range of effective fire
assault rifle was designed by IMBEL of Brazil. The IMBEL or
Industria de Material Belico do Brasil is a state owned defense
company. Development of this weapon commenced in 2008. At that time
it was clear that the previous IMBEL MD-97 could not meet the basic
requirements of the Brazilian Army and replace the venerable
Initially the IMBEL tried to improve the MD-97. However it was not
sufficient to meet the Brazilian Army needs. So a completely new
assault rifle was developed. The IA2 is an evolution of the FN FAL,
that is license-produced by the IMBEL since the mid 1960s. Initially
it was referred as the MD-97 Mk.II. It was first publicly revealed
in 2010. Its testing by the Brazilian Army began shortly. In 2012 an
initial order for 1 500 assault rifles was issued. These were
distributed among all branches of Brazilian armed forces, including
army, navy, air force, and special operation brigade. It was also
adopted by Brazilian Military Police and some law enforcement
forces. Some sources report that in 2013 Brazilian Army ordered 20
000 of these assault rifles. The IA2 replaces the older FAL,
and HK33 in service with Brazilian armed forces.
IMBEL IA2 assault rifle is chambered for a 5.56x45 mm Remington
round. It is a standard NATO ammunition. There is also a version
chambered for 7.62x51 mm ammunition, that is also standard with USA
and NATO members. Even though the 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm versions look
similar, in fact these are two different weapons with different
IA2 uses the FN FAL operating system. It is a gas-operated weapon.
The baseline assault rifle has a 17.7" (440 mm) barrel. It is a
selective fire weapon with semi-auto and full-auto modes. A
non-reciprocating cocking handle is on the left side of the
makes extensive use of polymers. It is significantly lighter than
the original FN FAL. Also is has improved ergonomics. This assault
rifle has a folding stock.
IA2 is fed from 30-round magazines. Also it accepts all standard
STANAG magazines, such as the magazines form M16.
IA2 has iron sights, similar to those of the FN FAL. A flip-up rear
sights is adjustable in 2 positions, for 150 and 300 meters. Also it
has an integral Picatinny rail and can be fitted with various
optics, red-dot or holographic sights. Effective range is up to 600
A wide range
of add-on equipment can be fitted to the forward grip, such as
grenade launcher, tactical flashlights, lasers, additional forward
grip, bipod and so on. The IA2 can be also fitted with detachable
knife-bayonet. The flash hider can be used to launch rifle grenades.
IA2. It is a
baseline assault rifle described in this article. It is chambered
for 5.56 mm ammunition and has 17.7" (440 mm) barrel;
It is a shorter version of the assault rifle, but with a shorter
barrel. It is chambered for 5.56 mm ammunition and has a 14.5" (370
IA2 CQC. It
is a compact assault rifle. It is chambered for 5.56 mm ammunition
and has a 10.3" (260 mm) barrel;
chambered for 7.62x51 mm ammunition and has a 17.7" barrel (440 mm).
In fact it is a factory conversion of the older FN FAL-type rifles.
This assault rifle has some differences from the version chambered
for 5.56 mm round. It has a different skeletal stock, is fed from a
20-round box-shaped magazines and has a longer flash hider. It
accepts standard FN FAL magazines;
chambered for 7.62x51 mm ammunition;
Rifle. It is a tactical rifle, chambered for 7.62x51 mm ammunition.
Basically it is similar to the IA2 assault rifle, chambered for 7.62
mm ammunition, but has a longer 20" (510 mm) barrel, is fitted with
a scope, bipod, and has a different buttstock with a cheek rest.
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