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The VHS-D2 assault rifle has completely ambidextrous handling

Country of origin Croatia
Entered service ?
Caliber 5.56x45 mm NATO
Weight (with empty magazine) 4 kg
Length 800 - 850 mm
Barrel length 500 mm
Muzzle velocity 910 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 850 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range 500 m
Range of effective fire 500 - 600 m


   The VHS-D2 is a Croatian assault rifle. It is a significantly improved version of the previous VHS-D. It was designed and is manufactured by the HS Produkt company. This weapon was first publicly revealed in 2013. Some sources report that it has been adopted by Croatian armed forces, however this information has not been confirmed. This weapon is being proposed for various export customers. It has been exported to Iraq and possibly some other countries.

   The VHS-D2 is a gas operated weapon with a bullpup layout. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Weapon's housing is made of impact resistant polymer.

   This weapon has completely ambidextrous handling. A fire mode selector is ambidextrous and located above the pistol grip. It has setting for "safe", "semi-auto" and "full-auto". Cocking handle is also ambidextrous, so the weapon can be cocked with either hand. Also the VHS-D2 has selectable left or right side cartridge ejection. Ejection window is on both sides.

   This assault rifle is fed from transparent plastic magazines, that hold 30 rounds. This handy features allows to check how much rounds remain in the magazine, without disconnecting it from the weapon. A couple of magazines can be clamped together for faster reloading. This feature was borrowed from the HK G36. The VHS-D2 assault rifle is also compatible with the standard NATO M16-type magazines.

   There is a Picatinny-type rail over the carrying handle for mounting various scopes or night vision sights. Also there are iron sights with a sighting range of up to 500 m. The rear sight is adjustable with 100 m increments. Range of effective fire is around 500 meters with iron sights and around 600 meters, when fitted with optics.

   Buttstock of the VHS-D2 was redesigned and can be adjusted to suit the shooter. There are standard Picatinny-type rails on the sides and underneath the foregrip for mounting various accessories.

   The VHS-D2 can mount a bayonet. Alternatively it can be fitted with a VHS-BG 40-mm underbarrel grenade launcher, which can be also used as a standalone weapon. It can launch grenades up to a range of 450 m. This assault rifle can also launch rifle grenades. Flash hider can be used to fire through the barbed wire.




   VHS-D2 CT-1.5X is a version with a built-in 1.5x magnification optical sight. This weapon has got a different carrying handle. This version is slightly heavier than the baseline model.

   VHS-K2 compact assault rifle / carbine. It has a shorter barrel. Otherwise it is similar to the VHS-D. This compact rifle is not compatible with underbarrel grenade launcher or bayonet.

   VHS-K2 CT-1.5X is a compact assault rifle / carbine with a built-in 1.5x magnification optical sight. This version is slightly heavier.








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