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Portugal clears way for small arms refresh

12th June 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul

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The Portuguese Ministry of National Defense has authorised the country’s army to acquire small arms and associated sights, equipment and services, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

The NSPA will carry out procurement activity between 2017 and 2022 for the Portuguese Army, according to the MoND.

The programme is worth a maximum of €42.8 million and will enable the service to progressively replace its G3A3/A4, SG543 and Galil AR/ARM assault rifles, HK21 and MG42-59 light machine guns and legacy grenade launchers and precision rifles.

This latest effort will see the procurement of 11,000 5.56x45mm assault rifles, 300

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Victor M.S. Barreira is a Shephard correspondent, covering South American defence and security affairs.

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