XT-97 Assault Rifle
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The XT-97 assault rifle
|Place of origin||Taiwan (Republic of China)|
|Weight||4 kg (excluding magazine)|
|Length||850 mm (stock extended)
770 mm (stock retracted)
580 mm (stock folded)
|Barrel length||370 mm|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||850 rpm|
|Effective firing range||600 m|
|Feed system||Various STANAG Magazines.|
|Sights||Various optical sights on Picatinny railing.
Folding front and rear backup iron sights.
The XT97 assault rifle (Chinese: 5.56公釐XT97突擊步槍) is a prototype multipurpose 5.56mm assault rifle currently under development at the 205th Armory, Ministry of Defense, Republic of China. It was first displayed in public during the 2009 Taipei Aerospace Technology Exhibition.
This feature, together with the relocation of the charging handle above the barrel, suggests that the internal design departs significantly from the T65 assault rifle lineage. The stock is both retractable and foldable.
According to official news release, the XT97 is designed to permit quick barrel change in the field, allowing different calibers of ammunition to be fired, as the weapon is capable change the caliber to the 9×19mm Parabellum round to a sub machine gun and the suggested 5.56×45mm NATO round to a heavier weapon.
Intended users of the XT97 rifle include infantry, airborne, marines, artillery, and mechanized/motorized vehicle crew. No figures have been released on volume production.
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