Estonian army began rearmament with new American-made automatic rifles. According to the portal thefirearmblog.com, LMT Defense has confirmed the start of deliveries of new assault rifles and grenade launchers to Estonia.
As explained in the company, Estonian Ministry of National Defense 2019 chose the automatic rifles of the LMT MARS family as its new assault rifles (Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System) – MLCPS under NATO patronage 5,56 x 45 mm and CQBMWS under the auspices of NATO 7,62 x 51 mm. Besides, M203 grenade launchers were purchased.
About, that Estonia received the first batch of new automatic rifles produced by the American company Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) reported in July this year. The first batch had 1500 rifles, received the official Estonian designation R20 Rahe, of them 1250 R20 Rahe automatic rifles as standard, 250 rifles TA-R20 in “sniper” execution and 70 40 mm M203 grenade launchers.
The first presentation of the new weapon took place 22 July at the military training ground in Männiku.
The R20 Rahe standard rifle is an LMT MLCPS rifle chambered for NATO 5,56 x 45 mm, a rifle TA-R20 – LMT CQBMWS rifle chambered for NATO 7,62 x 51 mm. The first new rifles to receive the Scout battalion (Scout Battalion) 1-1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Army, stationed in Tapa. The 1st and 2nd Infantry Brigades will then be fully equipped with rifles.. Armament with new weapons of units is provided “Kaistelyta” (civil uprising), the police, Border Guard and units of the Estonian Ministry of Justice.
as per the contract, concluded in 2019 year, the Estonian army will receive 16 thousand automatic rifles of calibers 5,56 and 7,62 mm. Contract value 75 million. dollars.
Automatic rifles MLCPS (under the auspices of NATO 5,56 x 45 mm) and CQBMWS (under the auspices of NATO 7,62 x 51 mm) are variations of Stoner's widespread AR family of designs, but with a patented upper receiver, made of a single monolithic aluminum structure, which ensures its increased rigidity.
used photos:Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT)