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Pindad SS2

Assault rifle

Pindad SS2

The Pindad SS2 is Indonesia's first locally made assault rifle

 
 
Caliber 5.56x45 mm
Weight (empty) 3.4 kg
Weight (loaded) 4.2 kg
Length 990 mm
Length (with folded stock) 740 mm
Barrel length 460 mm
Muzzle velocity ~ 730 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 700 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 500 m

 

   The Senapan Serbu 2 or SS2 is a first Indonesian-designed assault rifle. It was developed to replace the previous SS1. The new assault rifle and has a number of improvements. Tests of the new weapon have been conducted during 2003-2005. Production of the SS2 commenced in 2005. Deliveries to the Indonesian armed forces commenced in 2006 where it replaces the older Pindad SS1. Over 25 000 SS2 assault rifles were produced for Indonesian armed forces. This weapon is being proposed for possible export customers. Some sources report that it has been exported to Cambodia, Malaysia, Mali, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and possibly some other countries.

   The Pindad SS2 is based on the previous SS1, which in turn is a license produced version of the Belgian FN FNC. It has a number of improvements, including an integral scope rail. The new weapon has a rounded ribbed foregrip with heat ventilation holes. It improves barrel cooling during sustained fire. The Pindad SS2 is slightly lighter than its predecessor. Also it has a longer barrel and is slightly more accurate. The weapon has some features of the US M16 assault rifle. Barrels for this rifle were originally produced in Germany. However later due to arms embargo Pindad switched to South Korean made barrels.

   The Pindad SS2 is an inexpensive and not too complex weapon. It has a simple design and is easy to maintain. Price of this weapon is only about $500.

   The SS2 is a gas operated weapon. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Overall its operating mechanism strongly resembles that of Kalashnikov assault rifle, but it was adapted to more advanced production methods and is made of more sophisticated materials. It has been reported that this weapon is very reliable.

   This weapon can fire in semi-auto or full-auto modes. It lacks 3-round burst capability of the previous Pindad SS1.

   The SS2 is fed from 30-round box magazines. This weapon is compatible with all standard NATO 5.56 mm magazines.

   This assault rifle has a side-folding skeletal stock. When folded it does not obstructs the trigger.

   The Pindad SS2 has a Picatinny-type scope rail. So every assault rifle can be fitted with a scope. All assault rifles come with removable carrying handle , that has built-in diopter-type sights. Also there is an SS2-V2 dedicated marksman rifle, that comes as standard with a scope.

   Flash suppressor is based on the M16A2 design. The rifle can launch rifle grenades. The basic SS2-V1 assault rifle can be fitted with Pindad SPG-1A 40-mm underbarrel grenade launcher, that is similar to the US M203.

 

Variants

 

   Pindad SS2-V1, a standard full-size assault rifle. It is the only version that is compatible with underbarrel grenade launcher;

   Pindad SS2-V2 carbine version with a sorter barrel and foregrip;

   Pindad SS2-V3 full-size assault rifle with a solid plastic stock. Some sources report that this weapon was planned to be produced by Pindad, but was rejected;

   Pindad SS2-V4 designated marksman rifle. Front sight post has been removed. This weapon comes as standard with a scope. It extends a fire reach of the squad. Also some sources report that this rifle is used by Indonesian special forces;

   Pindad SS2-V5 compact assault rifle. This version was first revealed in 2008. The SS2-V5C is used by Indonesian KOPASSUS special forces;

   Pindad SS2 version with bullpup layout. It first appeared in 2012. Sometimes it is referred as Pindad SS3.

 

 
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