Specifications for the
Ares Defense Shrike 5.56 Advanced Weapons System
Modular Weapons System
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Ares Defense Systems, Incorporated - US
Initial Year of Service: 2002
Overall Length: 711 mm (27.99 in)
Barrel Length: 330.00 mm (12.99 in)
Weight (Empty): 7.50 lb (3.40 kg)
Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
Action: Gas-Operated Piston; Short-Stroke Tappet
Feed: 30-round box; 100-round drum/pouch; 200-round box
Rate-of-Fire: 800 rounds per minute
Sights: Optional Optics
EXP-1 - Initial Prototype; M249-style handguard.
EXP-2 - Improved Prototype; fitted with Picatinny rail system.
03A - Production Version
AAR (Ares Automatic Rifle) - telescoping stock; quick-change barrel; IL-STD 1913 optics mount; rail interface handguard; 30- and 100-round magazines; optional belt-feed module.
AAR/C (Ares Automatic Rifle Compact) - Quick-change barrel; side-folding stock; MIL-STD 1913 optics mount; rail interface handguard; 30- and 100-round magazines.
Ares-16SPW (Ares Special Purpose Weapon) - Internal fire components common to the AR15, M16 and M4 family; belt-feed fire only via M249 SAW linked ammunition; tripod adapter; carry, fixed or vehicle-mounted firing.
Ares-16 AMG (Assault Machine Gun (Dual Feed)) - Accepts both M16 4179 STANAG magazines as well as M27 disintegrating link ammunition.