FX-05 Xiuhcoatl

The FX-05 Xiuhcoatl (FX-05 "Fire Snake", literally "Turquoise-Serpent" in Classical Nahuatl) is a Mexican assault rifle, designed and built by the Dirección General de Industria Militar del Ejército (General Directorate of Military Industry of the Army). The rifle was officially presented in the military parade on September 16, 2006, in the hands of the Special Forces Airmobile Group, GAFE. (Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales). The design was coordinated by the Centro de Investigación Aplicada y Desarrollo Tecnológico de la Industria Militar or CIADTIM (Center of Applied Research and Technology Development Military Industry) and SDN and all of its parts are built in Mexico. It is currently in use by the Mexican Army's Special Forces units and Airborne Infantry Brigade and is projected to completely replace the Heckler & Koch G3 in general service by 2018.

FX-05 Xiuhcoatl
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer DGIME
Origin Mexico
Country Name Origin Year
Mexico 2005
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The development of the FX-05 began as a 16-month research in 2005 with CIADTIM as part of research efforts to replace the HK G3A3 rifles that were in service with the Mexican military. Originally the HK G36 was supposed to become the Mexican military's standard rifle as plans were already drawn to transfer technology and equipment to Mexico to initially build 30,000 rifles at a cost of €63,016,125 as part of Mexico's military modernization program. The Mexican government ultimately decided that they wanted a more cost effective alternative to the G36, which resulted in the decision to end the project before any technology or equipment could be transferred and the FX-05 project was undertaken. A Mexican report states that up to December 2006, $84,000,000 Mexican Pesos (€5,855,698 at the December 2006 exchange rate) were invested in the FX-05 project, including raw materials and using only national equipment and technology. Leading the FX-05 project was General Alfredo Oropeza Garnica with Brigadier General Jose Antonio Landeros.

Cartridge - 5.56x45mm NATO

Action - Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Rate of fire - 750 rounds/min

Muzzle velocity - 920 m/s

Effective range - 200 to 800 m sight adjustments

Feed system - 30-round detachable box magazine

Sights - Reflex sight with 3x magnification

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