Ukraine’s National Guard Modernizing its Soviet-Era Inventory of Assault Rifles, Guns

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The National Guard of Ukraine is looking to modernize its units with latest-gen small arms weapons systems / Photo Credit: National Guard of Ukraine
The National Guard of Ukraine is looking to modernize its units with latest-gen small arms weapons systems / Photo Credit: National Guard of Ukraine

The National Guard of Ukraine (NGU, which is a military subdivision of Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior) is aiming to replace thousands of Soviet-style assault rifles and guns in its small arms inventory, the Service announced in a press statement released on October 12

“Currently, the National Guard military units are being modernized with the latest small arms weapons systems. To date, the initial phase of this modernization program has been completed,” said Colonel Serhiy Hrytsenko, Deputy Chief Logistics Department at the General Directorate for NGU.

Serhiy Hrytsenko also said that NGU’s riot units have been equipped with new UAR-15 assault rifles and UAR-10 sniper rifles replacing Soviet-made Kalashnikov sub-machine guns.

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The new UAR-15 assault rifle / State Border Guard Service of Ukraine photo

The National Guard is looking to arm all of its units with the latest equipment and weapons systems for operational purposes, Colonel Oleksandr Zaitsev, chief of the Armaments Division, Logistics Department at the General Directorate for NGU has said.

The UAR-15, a new 5.56x45mm assault rifle, is manufactured in Ukraine using domestic and U.S.-made components.

The barrel and the trigger mechanism, on which the weapon’s accuracy directly depends, are manufactured by U.S.-based Daniel Defense.

UKROP’s new UAR-10 semi-automatic sniper rifle

UAR-10, a semi-automatic sniper rifle chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO ammo, is produced by the Ukrainian UKROP company.

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