F88 Austeyr

F88 Austeyr
Function
Assault rifle
Manufacturer Thales Australia (formerly ADI Limited) under licence
Designed
1977
Action
Gas operated, rotating bolt
Modes
Single shot or full automatic
Feed 30-round box magazine
Weight 3.6 kilograms (unloaded)
Rate of Fire
680-850 rounds per minute
Ammunition
5.56mm x 45mm NATO rounds
Caliber
5.56mm
Barrel Length
  • Assault rifle: 508mm
  • Carbine: 407mm
Range 400 metres

The F88 Austeyr assault rifle is the ADF's standard individual weapon. It is manufactured under licence from Steyr Mannlicher AG by Thales Australia and supplied to the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand. This state-of-the-art weapon is in service with over 30 countries. This military weapon meets today's challenging and unpredictable combat situations with the following features:

  • Very high accuracy.
  • Fully operational in the most severe climates and field conditions for lengthy periods.
  • Easy maintenance under adverse conditions: stripping for field cleaning, maintenance or storage is possible without any tools.
  • Lightweight but delivering heavy fire power: the rifle is made from state-of-the-art materials including high impact glass fibre reinforced polymers.
  • A long service life.
  • Operational in low light conditions.
  • Accepts various aiming devices mounted on a modular Picatinny Rail - such as night firing devices.
  • The Steyr can also be fitted with a 40mm grenade launcher, sling, bayonet, and a blank firing device.