Modern weapons of the Irish Army

Modern Weapons Of The Irish Army

Modern weapons of the Irish Army

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This is a list of some of the modern weapons of the Irish Army.

Infantry weaponry

  • Steyr AUG (The Steyr was introduced into the Defence Forces during 1988 and is in use with all service branches and Army Corps.)


  • General Purpose Machine Gun (The FN MAG entered service in 1964 with the Defence Forces and is in use with all service branches and a number of Army Corps. Known as the MAG by Irish troops it is used both with its bipod or in the sustained fire (SF) role mounted on a tripod by the Infantry. Both the Infantry and Cavalry use the MAG mounted on its armoured vehicles and the Infantry and Artillery use it in the air defense role. The MAG is used on the ships of the Naval Service and aircraft of the Air Corps.)


  • .5 Heavy Machine Gun (Known as the .5 by Irish troops the Heavy Machine Gun first entered service in the 1970s. It is in use with all service branches and a number of Army Corps. The Infantry use it in the sustained fire role, air defense role and mounted on its MOWAG APCs. The Artillery use it in the air defense role and the Cavalry use it mounted on its armoured vehicles. The .5 is used on the ships of the Naval Service and aircraft of the Air Corps)


  • M203 Grenade Launcher (The 203 is in use in Infantry Section. It is permanently attached to the Steyr with a separate sighting and trigger......
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