Is This the German Army’s New Assault Rifle?
Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher have joined forces to manufacture and market the RS556 modular assault rifle, which is based on the STM556.
Based on Steyr Mannlicher’s 2012 STM556, the new Austro-German offering promises a future-proof modular system aimed at replacing the German armed forces G36 assault rifle.
The RS556 features an adjustable short-stroke gas-piston system with rotating bolt and an easily exchangeable barrel offering 14.5″, 16″, 18″, 20″ and custom variations. The assault rifle is complaint with NATO accessory rails, allowing the attachment of optics, night observation and laser modules, as well as a 40mm grenade launcher.
The RS556 is designed to fit Rheinmetall’s ‘Futue Soldier – Expanded System’ (IdZ-ES) and other soldier systems. Rheinmetall claims that the weapon is highly ergonomic, easy to handle and readily adaptable.
The German Bundeswehr is looking to find a more advanced weapon system to replace the Heckler & Koch G36 by 2019. The SAS are also known to use the G36K and G36C variants: could this also be a new weapon for British special forces?
Photo: Rheinmetall Group.