Pindad ready to mass-produce its quietest assault rifle

12 May, 2016 | Source: The Jakarta Post

State-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad is gearing up to mass-produce its latest assault rifle, the SS2 V5 Silencer, which the company says is the quietest rifle ever produced in Indonesia and designed for silent operations.

The SS2 Subsonic rifle caliber 5.56 millimeter was unveiled to the press on Wednesday, along with the G2 Elite caliber 9 millimeter and the SPR 2 caliber 12.7 millimeter. It is claimed to effectively hit targets at a maximum range of two kilometers.

Pindad president director Silmy Karim said the SS2 Subsonic rifle was a modified version of Pindad’s best-selling rifle SS2. He claimed the rifle was quieter than the MP-7 manufactured by Heckler & Koch Germany.

“When I first tried it, it even surprised me. I have tried the MP-7, and this one is quieter. I can only hear a short hiss. This subsonic rifle is specifically designed for ambush and silent assaults in special military operations,” he said, as quoted by tribunnews.com on Wednesday.

Pindad corporate secretary Bayu A Fiantono said the superiority of the SS2 riffle assault had been proven in the last two years at international events, such as the Brunei International Skill-at-Arms Meet, the Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting ( AASAM ) and the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet.

“Pindad is ready to commence mass production of the SS2 Subsonic. However, we need to wait for a purchase contract from the Indonesian Army ( TNI ) and National Police as the main buyers,” he said.

Silmy highlighted that Pindad engineers were obliged to keep innovating in weaponry design and manufacturing. Starting in 2016, the company eyes to create at least one new weapon variant every three months.

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