Steyr IWS 2000

The Steyr IWS 2000 is an Austrian semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle produced by Steyr Mannlicher. IWS stands for Infantry Weapon System. It is actually a smoothbore weapon, like many modern tank guns, and not a true rifle but this can help accelerate projectiles and increase ballistic effectiveness. It fires a 15.2×169mm armor piercing fin stabilized discarding sabot round (207 mm long), and is the first man-portable rifle to use this type of ammunition.

The first variant of the weapon was the AMR 5075. AMR stands for Anti-Materiel Rifle. It used a 14.5 mm armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot round (200 mm long). The projectile was a solid tungsten fin-stabilized dart with a body diameter of 5.56 mm.

Other variants are expected with the weapon still being under development.

Steyr IWS 2000
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Steyr Mannlicher
Origin Austria
Country Name Origin Year
Austria 1980
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Steyr Mannlicher View

The weapon is based on a nine-and-three-quarter inch long recoil mechanism. This mechanism, usually found in shotguns, helps manage the heavy recoil forces of the 15.2 mm Steyr APFSDS round due to its damping effect that allows for force distribution over a longer period of time. Another unusual feature of this weapon is the movement of the barrel. After firing, the barrel recoils into a shock-absorbing hydro-pneumatic sleeve much like those found on a LG 1 Mark II 105 mm Howitzer. The IWS 2000 also uses a multi-baffle muzzle brake to distribute muzzle energy and further reduce recoil, similar to the ones used on D-30 2A18M 122 mm Towed Howitzers. The entire rifle body is made up of a combination of high-tension plastics and superlight polymers to increase manageability and cut down on weight. The smoothbore barrel is easily detached and packed away for increased mobility. The five-round box magazine is inserted on the right of the rifle at a 45-degree downward angle.

Type Semi-automatic Bullpup anti-materiel rifle
Place of origin Austria
Production history
Designed Mid-1980s
Manufacturer Steyr Mannlicher
Variants AMR 5075
IWS 2000
Weight 18 kg (39.7 lb)
Length 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Barrel length 1,200 mm (47.2 in)
Cartridge 14.5mm (AMR 5075)
15.2×169mm (IWS 2000)
Action Long recoil
rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity 1,450 meters per second (4,757 feet per second)
Effective firing range 1,000 meters (1,093 yards)
Maximum firing range 2,500 meters (2,734 yards)
Feed system 5-round detachable box magazine
Sights 10x Telescopic sight

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