The AA-52 (Arme Automatique Transformable Modèle 1952, "Transformable automatic weapon model 1952")

The AA-52 (Arme Automatique Transformable Modèle 1952, "Transformable automatic weapon model 1952")

The AA-52 (Arme Automatique Transformable Modèle 1952, "Transformable automatic weapon model 1952") is one of the first French-produced guns of the post World War II era. It was manufactured by MAS (an abbreviation of Manufacture d'Armes St. Etienne - one of several government-owned arms factories in France) The AA-52 is still used today as a vehicle-mounted weapon due to large quantities in service, but has been replaced by the Belgian FN MAG for helicopter use, starting with the EC 725 Caracal of the Special Operations units and the Air Force Search and Rescue teams. The AA-52 had been phased out for infantry use in favour of the lighter FN MINIMI for a few years; the replacement of the AA-52 by the FN MAG as the standard infantry GPMG is now taking place (in 2008).

Type Machine gun
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1952-2008(france)
Used by See Users
Wars Indochina, Gulf War 1, Bosnia
Production history
Designed 1952
Variants NF-1
Specifications
Weight 9.75 kg
Length 1080 mm
Barrel length 600 mm

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Cartridge 7.5x54mm French
Action Lever-delayed blowback
Rate of fire 900 round/min
Muzzle velocity 830 m/s
Feed system Belt

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