SAR 80

The Singapore Assault Rifle 80 (SAR 80) is an indigenously built, conventional assault rifle from Singapore.

SAR 80
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics)
Origin Singapore
Country Name Origin Year
Singapore 1976
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Croatia View
Singapore View
Slovenia View
Somalia View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) View
Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS) View

In the late 1960s, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) adopted the AR-15 as their main service rifle. Due to difficulties in obtaining the rifles from the United States, the Singaporean government purchased a license to domestically manufacture the M16 rifle, which was then designated the M16S1. However, the domestic rifle requirements were not sufficient to allow Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS, now Singapore Technologies Kinetics) to economically maintain operations at its rifle factory. Export sales of the M16S1 were not a viable option. Due to the requirements of the license agreement, CIS had to request permission from Colt and the US State Department to allow any export sale, which they rarely granted.

In the early 1970s, Sterling engineers had developed their own 5.56 mm rifle design, the LAR, but this had been shelved when Sterling acquired a manufacturing licence for the US-designed Armalite AR-18 assault rifle. While Sterling could not legally sublicense the AR-18, their LAR design was available. As a result, the new Singapore rifle design closely resembled the LAR with certain AR-18 elements.

The successor to this weapon is the SR-88.

Type Assault rifle
Place of origin  Singapore
Service history

Wars Sri Lankan civil war
Slovenian Independence War
Nepalese civil war
Somali civil war
various Middle-Eastern conflicts
Production history
Designer Frank Waters
Designed 1976-1984
Manufacturer Chartered Industries of Singapore(CIS, now ST Kinetics)
Number built 20,000 (in Singapore), unknown number of exports
Variants Standard, Grenade launcher
Weight 3.7 kg (8.2 lb) (empty and without accessories)
Length 970 mm (38 in), 738 mm (29.1 in) with butt folded
Barrel length 459 mm (18 in)
Cartridge 5.56×45 mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600 round/min
Feed system Various STANAG magazines
Sights Iron sights

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