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Well at least Norinco has the common decency to use brass for the shell casing of the new 8.6mm instead of the usual copper coated steel.
A new assault rifle family has been issued on a limited basis and will debut at the 2019 National Day parade. The No. 208 Institute is the responsible party for the new rifle, and the development team has received numerous commendations and awards. However, it is not mentioned if a new round will go with the new rifle family.
Zoom in onto the pictured blueprint and flip it upside down, this is the grainy version, which confirms the rifle will no longer be a bullpup but instead adapt a conventional layout:
A brief history. Pre-research phase started in 2014. Project officially commenced on March 15th, 2016. In two short years, 270 examples of 10 prototype designs underwent testing, expending some 2,200,000 rounds.
The expected life of the new barrel design is 100% longer (presumably over previous Chinese assault rifles).
The new rifle is expected to serve the army in the next 20-30 years.
...so I wonder if the PLA will finally produce a couple type of sights to be issued as standard as well...
I disagree, seeing how ACOG has been standard issue for US arm forces for awhile now. Even new recruits mostly train with ACOG. As long as the optic aren't integrated and can be swapped out, upgrading optics shouldn't be an issue.Making optics standard with the rifle is usually a bad idea as the technology for those evolves all the time. Sights are typically good enough. What would be interesting IMHO would be if they introduced a new rifle round. But barrel quality and lifetime are also important upgrades in continued operations in hot climates for sure.
Interesting that rather then redesign the QBZ95 for optics they are choosing a clean sheet. I wonder if perhaps they are thinking that with concepts like the smart scope and power rails on the horizon they might not be looking to make a rifle that is more able to adapt to that as those systems usually use the butt stock as a battery compartment.There definitely will be new optics. One of the passages I posted mentions that optics were one of the primary areas the development team focused on since the very beginning, before the project even officially commenced.
Means nothing. If the PLA choose a sighting system and contract to a maker any changes would have to be approved by the PLA. The maker can do all the commerical models they want but any changes to the TDP for PLA orders have to get the approval of the PLA.Making optics standard with the rifle is usually a bad idea as the technology for those evolves all the time.
and just because a army chooses to go to optics doesn't mean they delete the irons. Most retain iron sights as a back up. Although with modern military grade optics they are basically bomb proof so it's just really dead weight.Sights are typically good enough.
They just standardizedthe 5.8mm family and then upgraded it again with the 95-I Jumping calibre again this soon seems unlikely. I know that Both India and Pakistan are going back to 7.62x51mm the DPRK and Russians are mixed with classic 7.62x39mm and 5.45x39mm most of the rest of asia is mixed between the Big three 7.62x51mm, 5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm. A few are rumored to be shopping for a next gen round but almost none have a actual hard program save for the U.S. 6.8GP in the NGSW program. It's not easy to get a new rifle calibre or round from the lab to full fielding. They might improve 5.8x42mm a little but it seems unlikely to try an just jump again.What would be interesting IMHO would be if they introduced a new rifle round.
One of the standards along side the Aimpoint series to be sure they have changed models some improvements over the years.I disagree, seeing how ACOG has been standard issue for US arm forces for awhile now. Even new recruits mostly train with ACOG. As long as the optic aren't integrated and can be swapped out, upgrading optics shouldn't be an issue.