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Vektor R4

Assault rifle / light machine gun

Vektro R4

The Vektro R4 can be used as a light machine gun or assault rifle

 
 
Country of origin South Africa
Entered service 1980
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm NATO
Weight 4.3 kg
Length 1 005 mm
Length (with folded stock) 740 mm
Barrel length 460 mm
Muzzle velocity 980 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 650 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 35, 50 rounds
Sighting range 500 m
Range of effective fire 500 m

 

   In the late 1970s the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) was looking for a new weapon to replace its 7.62 mm R1 and R2 (license-produced version of the FN FAL) and German HK G3. At the time there was a global trend for 5.56 mm weapons. As a result license-produced version of the Israeli Galil ARM was adopted in 1980 as the Vektor R4. By the time the Galil ARM was already a proven design. The Vektor R4 was produced by Denel. This South African weapon has some minor changes. Its stock, foregirp and magazines are made of polymer materials. Also the stock is longer in order to suit an average South African solider. Otherwise it is similar to the Galil ARM. The Vektor R4 became a standard-issue infantry rifle in service with the SANDF. It is still used to this day. This weapon has been exported to Rwanda and Serbia.

   The Vektor R4 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. It is similar to the Israeli Galil. It employs the same action as Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle, but uses a modified gas system of the Finnish Valmet M62, which reduces the recoil. This weapon is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition.

   A fire mode selector has 3 positions for "safe", "semi-auto" and "full-auto". A charging handle is located on the right side, but it is bent upwards, so the weapon can be charged with either hand.

   Unusual feature of this weapon is that it can be used as an assault rifle of light machine gun. In the 1980s this weapon was issued with one 50-round box magazine and two 35-round magazines. However it seems that currently it is mainly used with 35-round magazines. Magazines are made of polymer materials. The Vektor R4 can also accept standard magazines of the Israeli Galil and its variants.

   This weapon comes with a side-folding polymer stock. The stock is longer in order to suit an average South African solider. The original Israeli Galil ARM had an aluminum stock. The Vektor R4 also has a bipod and carrying handle. When not in use, the bipod is folded into the foregrip. It can be used to cut barbed wire.

   The R4 has diopter-type sights. Sighting range is 500 meters. This weapon can also mount scopes or night vision sights.

   The Vektor R4 can mount a bayonet. This weapon is capable of launching riffle grenades.

 

Variants

 

   Vektor LM4 is a civilian semi-automatic version.

   Vektor R5 carbine. It was designed in the 1980s. It has a shorter barrel and lacks bipod and carrying handle. This weapon can no longer launch rifle grenades. This weapon is equivalent to Israeli Galil SAR. The R5 was adopted by the South African Army, Navy and Air Force. Its civilian semi-automatic version is the Vektro LM5.

   Vektor R6 compact assault rifle. It was designed in the 1990s. It has an even shorter barrel. This weapon was originally designed for airborne troops and vehicle crews. This weapon was adopted by the South African Navy and Air Force. Its civilian semi-automatic version is the Vektro LM6.

 

 
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