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VHS-D

Assault rifle

VHS-D

The VHS assault rifle and carbine were developed to meet Croatian Army requirement

 
 
Country of origin Croatia
Entered service 2009
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (empty) 3 kg
Length 760 mm
Length (with folded stock) -
Barrel length 500 mm
Muzzle velocity 950 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 750 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range 400 m
Range of effective fire 400 - 600 m

 

   The VHS-D assault rifle was developed by the HS Produkt Croatian firearms manufacturing company to meet the Croatian Army requirement for a new infantry rifle. Currently this country operates the Soviet AKM assault rifles and its derivatives. The first prototype was revealed in 2005. Externally this prototype shared some similarities with Israeli Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle. However the final versions of this weapon is externally closer to the French FAMAS G2. It was introduced in 2008. The VHS-D assault rifle was successfully trialed by the Croatian Army and its production commenced in 2009. Croatian Army planned to acquire up to 60 000 of these rifles by 2012. This weapon was also proposed for export customers. It seems that currently production switched to a significantly improved VHS-D2 model, which appeared in 2013.

   It is a selective fire weapon with bullpup layout. Prototype of the VHS-D has a lever-delayed blowback action, similar to that of the French FAMAS assault rifle. However the the final version has got a different gas-operated action. The VHS-D is chambered for the standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Weapon's housing is made of impact resistant polymer.

   An unusual safety / fire mode selector is located in front of the trigger, within the triggerguard. It rotates around its vertical axis. This selector has "safe", "semi-auto" and "full auto" modes.

   This weapon is not entirely ambidextrous, as there is only one spent case ejection port from the right side and it has no deflector. The charging handle can be charged with either hand.

   The VHS-D assault rifle is fed from the standard NATO (M16-type) magazines, holding 30 rounds.

   A large integral carrying handle comes with built-in iron sights. This handle also has points for attachment of the Picatinny-type accessory rails. A claimed range of effective fire is 400 m with iron sights and 600 m with optional optics. Additional accessory rails can be attached to the foregrip. This assault rifle is compatible with a 40-mm underbarrel grenade launcher. Also it can be equipped with a bayonet.

 

Variants

 

   VHS-K compact assault rifle / carbine, with a shorter barrel. Otherwise it is similar to the VHS-D. This compact rifle is not compatible with underbarrel grenade launcher or bayonet;

   VHS-D2 is a significantly improved version. It appeared in 2013. It has a Picatinny-type rail over the carrying handle. Also there are rails on the sides and underneath of the foregrip. The VHS-D2 can be fitted with underbarrel grenade launcher. Buttstock has been redesigned and can be adjusted to suit the shooter. This assault rifle is fed from transparent plastic magazines. The VHS-D2 in in production and is used by Croatian Army. It is also being proposed for export customers. There is also a VHS-K2 compact assault rifle / carbine.

 

 
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