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IMI Systems develops new 5.56mm APM round

7th February 2018 - 10:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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IMI Systems has developed a new round that combines the advantages of 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds, the company announced on 4 February.

According to the company the new 5.56mm Armour Piercing Match (APM) round is currently being evaluated by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

The standard 5.56mm round is used in various types of assault rifles while the 7.62mm round is usually used in machine guns, meaning both rounds need to be carried in combat situations. The new round is designed to replace the 7.62mm in order to enhance uniformity in the field.

The new 5.56mm APM round is of the FMJ-BT Hard Core APHC type with a projectile weight of 73 grains and cartridge weight of 12.9 grams. The new round can be used in assault rifles, including the M16 and wide range of 5.56mm rifles and machine guns.

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