ARES-16™ MCR – Mission Configurable Rifle
The innovative ARES-16™ extends the longevity of America’s longest serving infantry weapon, the M-16, and significantly expands its lethality and operational utility with the introduction of a new warfighter solution; the ARES-16 MCR™ “Assault Machine Gun”.
The new ARES-16™ Assault Machine Gun bridges the capability gap that exists between M16/M4 rifles and the M249 light machine gun. The ARES-16 MCR™ is user-arranged into three discrete base configurations to provide a magazine-fed Assault Machine Gun (ARES-16™), a belt-fed Assault Machine Gun (ARES-1™), and a dual-feed Assault Machine Gun (ARES-2™) which fires interchangeably between magazine and belt-feed. In all present configurations, the ARES-16 MCR™ weapons are gas-piston operated, select-fire from a closed bolt; and feature MIL-STD 1913 rail interface system and quick-change barrels for ultimate mission flexibility.
Manufactured from high-strength aerospace alloys; the ARES-16 MCR™ weighs as little as 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) placing it in the size/weight envelope of an M4 Carbine but with the firepower of a light machine gun. Sound suppressor and grenade launcher capable; the compact and portable ARES-16™ Assault Machine Gun provides an individual operator with an unprecedented combination of decisive firepower and swift mobilety during special operations and high-speed military assault.