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M4-WAC-47


Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine


Ukraine | 2020



"The M4-WAC-47 is being used by Ukrainian forces to initiate a move from old Soviet weapons to new, Western-minded types."



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A joint-venture between U.S.-based Aeroscraft (Worldwide Aeros Corporation) and Ukraine-based Ukroboronprom has produced the all-modern "M4-WAC-47" assault rifle. The product serves as a bridge solution between the aging stock of Soviet-era Kalashnikov AKM/AK-47 assault rifle series utilized by Ukraine for decades and the Western-centric AR-15/M16/M4 assault weapons family as Ukraine seeks closer alignment with NATO under the shadow of Russia aggression. The M4-WAC-47 utilizes both the 5.45mm and 7.62mm cartridge common to Soviet arms (as they are readily available in the Ukrainian inventory) with an eye to eventually modifying the guns to feed the 5.56mm NATO-standard cartridge.

The rifle follows the proven external and internal traits of the AR15/M16/M4 family with the obvious exception being the lengthened curved magazine - in the M16-style form despite its reliance on Soviet rounds. When compared to the standard U.S. M4 carbine, the M4-WAC-47 also has a longer barrel assembly at 16-inches to compensate for the more powerful 7.62mm Soviet cartridge and this assembly is further shrouded in perforated heatshield for heat dissipation along the barrel's length. The receiver, trigger group, and adjustable shoulder stock are all M16 in their style and function as is the slotted muzzle brake at the business end of the rifle.

The gun also accepts an Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) in the 40mm M203 grenade launcher form in which the magazine acts as the grip handle. The receiver and heatshield both carry a section of Picatinny rail for the fitting of accessories such as aimers, flashlights, and specialized optics. The upper rail runs form the receiver to just aft of the muzzle while the under-mounting takes up the length of the heatshield, terminating ahead of the frame/magazine feed.

Ultimately, the series is planned to include a shortened carbine assault form as well as a lengthened Designated Marksman (DM) rifle model.

Active, service-level testing of the M4-WAC-47 was conducted towards the end of 2018 with Ukrainian Ground Forces.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the M4-WAC-47. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
920 mm
36.22 in
O/A Length
675 mm
26.57 in
Barrel Length
7.94 lb
3.60 kg
Weight
Gas-Operated; Rotating-Bolt
Action
5.45mm; 7.62mm; 5.56x45mm NATO; 7.62x39mm NATO
Caliber(s)
30-round detachable box magazine.
Feed
Over-Receiver Optics; Flip-Up Iron.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the M4-WAC-47. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,150 ft
350.5 m | 383.3 yds
Max.Eff.Range
800
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
2,500 ft/sec
762 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the M4-WAC-47 Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine family line.
M4-WAC-47 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
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Contractor(s): Ukroboronprom - Ukraine / Aeroscraft (Worldwide Aeros Corporation) - USA
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