Pindad SS1

The SS1 (short for Indonesian: Senapan Serbu 1, "Assault Rifle 1") is the standard assault rifle of the Indonesian armed forces. It is based on the FN FNC rifle but modified in order to meet ergonomic and tropical environment needs.

The assault rifles are gas-operated automatic carbines with a foldable butt and are designed to meet the NATO standard. SS1 weapons are high performance light individual weapons that have been used by the Indonesian armed forces, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as police. It was adopted into Indonesian service in 1991.

It is currently being phased out and replaced by the Pindad SS2. The SS1 would possibly be used by reserve or paramilitary forces when the SS2 is fully adopted into service.

The SS1 is manufactured by PT Pindad, Bandung, Indonesia under the license from Fabrique Nationale, Belgium.

Pindad SS1
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer PT Pindad
Origin Indonesia
Country Name Origin Year
Indonesia 1991
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Indonesia View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
PT Pindad View

After 10,000 FN FNC rifles were bought for the Indonesian military, Pindad secured a license in 1984 from FN to manufacture the FNC. Indonesia adopted the SS1s into official service by 1991.

A recent seizure of Pindad SS1 rifles alongside P2 pistols in the Philippines has forced politicians to call on a special investigation on Pindad to whether weapon smuggling did take place according to Philippine customs officials. The Indonesian government, in response, has made preparations to form a special agency to handle all overseas trade. The Ministry of State Enterprises has conducted an investigation against Pindad over the seizure of Pindad-made firearms in the Philippines.

The external looks of the SS1s are strongly similar to the FN FNC, ranging from the pistol grip to the stock, receiver and barrel. Optics can be mounted onto the SS1 rifles, but a special optic mount be installed first before any optic can be used.

The SS1s are designed by Pindad to allow for the use of their own indigenous SPG-1A underbarrel grenade launcher, inserted underneath the barrel. Most SS1 rifle models, with the exception of the SBC-1, are made with selective fire modes that consist of single, three round and full auto firing modes.

Weight - 4.01 kg (unloaded)

Length - 997 mm

Cartridge - 5.56x45mm NATO

Action - Gas-Operated, rotating bolt

Rate of fire - 700 rounds/min

Muzzle velocity - 710 m/s

Effective range - 450 m

Feed system - Various STANAG magazines.

Sights - Iron sights, but optical sights are possible if a mount is present. Optical sight is a standard feature in SS1-V4 variant.

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