An undisclosed East African military has purchased a large batch of the Grot rifles chambered in 7.62×39 mm. Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa: PGZ) announced in a press release on 19 May.
The Grot assault rifles are manufactured by PGZ subsidiary Fabryka Broni (FB) ‘Łucznik’ Radom, and will be delivered with under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGLs) and daylight optical sights manufactured by another PGZ subsidiary, Przemysłowe Centrum Optyki (PCO).
There are two basic variants of the rifle that are based on a common upper receiver; a conventional layout assault rifle and a carbine.
As a mission tailored weapon, the Grot’s modular design allows for rapidly reconfiguration at the individual end-user level. Highly ergonomic and fully ambidextrous.
The quick-change barrel is based on a common upper receiver for a conventional (with folding, telescopic stock) or bullpup design.
FB “Łucznik” Radom had earlier exported its firearms to militaries in Africa. In 2014, the Nigerian Army ordered 1,000 Beryl assault rifles in 2014 under a $1 million contract.
Nigerian Army personnel underwent training in Radom, Poland, according to Tomasz Nita, chief executive of Fabryka Broni Lucznik, who added that 2014’s sale was the first export order for the type.