Country of origin
5.56x45 mm NATO
Length (with folded stock)
Cyclic rate of fire
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
Range of effective fire
ARX-160 assault rifle was developed for Italian armed forces as a
part of the Soldato Futuro (future solider) program.
Sometimes it is referred as Coyote. This weapon was introduced in
2008. During the same year deliveries commenced to the Italian armed
forces, where it began to replace the
AR-70/90. By 2014 around 30 000 assault rifles were
delivered. This assault rifle has been
exported to Albania, Bahrain, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Mexico and
Turkmenistan. However in other countries the ARX-160 is typically
used in relatively small numbers mostly by elite forces.
is a modular multi-caliber weapon, similar in concept to the older
FN SCAR or
It can be easily broken down into a handful of main parts, and can
use different barrels and magazines. Calibers can be replaced by
simply changing the barrel, bolt, lower receiver and magazine. Also
there are various barrels. So there are available numerous
variations of this weapon. All of these features offer great
ARX-160 is chambered in standard NATO 5.56x45 mm (.223 Remington)
round. This version is used by Italian armed forces. Also there are
versions, chambered in 6.8x43 mm Remington SPC, 5.45x39 mm and 7.62x39
mm ammunition. There is also a version chambered in 5.6x15 mmR (.22
LR) ammunition. This weapon was also tested chambered in standard
NATO 7.62x51 mm ammunition. If this caliber will be approved, the
ARX-160 could be also converted as a battle rifle or squad automatic
rifle is available with standard 16" (410 mm), or shorter 12" (302
mm) barrel. The barrel can be removed and replaced in seconds
without any tools. So the solider can briefly reconfigure this weapon
assault rifle to carbine. Also there are two barrels, that are being
tested - a 16" heavy barrel and longer 20" (510 mm) barrel.
These might be used to configure the ARX-160 as a squad automatic
weapon or a marksmen rifle.
The ARX-160 is a gas operated weapon.
It is made from newest materials. Overall it proved itself well. Designing
this weapon emphasis was stressed on ergonomics. It is convenient both for right- or
left-handed shooters. Charging
handle can be relocated from one side to another. The ejection port
is open to both sides and the shooter can easily change which side
spent cartridge cases are ejected. Fire mode selector
and magazine release are also ambidextrous.
is fed from 30-round steel or plastic magazines. The A2 version accepts all standard
magazines. It is also compatible with 100-round round drum
magazines. Versions chambered in Soviet 7.62x39 mm and 5.45x39 mm
calibers can accept standard magazines of the
has a Picatinny-type rails for various sights and accessories. The
primary optical sight is the Aimpoint ACIES red dot sight. It is an
Italian version oft he M68 sight. It is a battery-powered
non-magnifying sight. Other night or thermal sights can be also
fitted. Also there are back-up
iron sights, fitted as standard. The rear sight has 5 positions from
100 to 600 meters. At this range the rifle is accurate enough and
has a side-folding telescopic buttstock, which is adjustable for
can mount various accessories, such as a bayonet, bipod, or vertical
foregrip. It is compatible with Beretta GLX-160 40-mm grenade launcher,
which can be mounted under the barrel, or used as a standalone weapon.
The bayonet is mounted on top of the barrel, rather than underneath
it. So this weapon can mount bayonet and grenade launcher
simultaneously. The Beretta ARX-160
can also mount a sound suppressor.
a baseline version. It has a longer buttstock. Its backup sights are
also referred as ARX-160SF (Special Forces). It was developed for Italian special forces. This
version has some refinements, including a shorter buttstock. Ii is
used with a 12" (302 mm barrel).
improved version with some minor improvements, such as improved
foregrip ventilation and improved shape of the pistol grip. It uses
improved polymer materials, that increase the weapon's durability.
is a version with a very short barrel.
ARX-200 is a
battle rifle, chambered for much more powerful 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. There is a
semi-automatic only designated marksman version, which has a number of differences, such as
different buttstock with cheek.
ARX-100 is a civilian