For the last couple of years the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been going through a small arms replacement program called Land 159. This program is intended to replace all the ADF’s small arms weapon systems. Tranche 1 included the sniper rifle replacement to replace the Accuracy International SR98 and the Blaser Tactical 2.
After a long test and evaluation process Australian contractor Nioa along with Defence has chosen the Accuracy International AXSR as their replacement with a Nightforce Optic on top.
Cartridges chosen with the system include: .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum and the 7.62mm NATO.
This version of the ASXR has the M-LOK forend much like the Accuracy International ASR project in the US did.
As I find out more information I will update this page. For now though, in my opinion, the ADF has made the smart choice continuing on with Accuracy International.
Images courtesy of the ADF. Image Gallery here: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20223056
Hey Mate, you never finished your story of the FN SPR. Any word on when you will let us know part 2 ? Thanks Jay
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