Armies and Police Forces looking to upgrade their Heckler & Koch G36 rifles now have an option from Wilcox and Steyr Arms.
The solution is a combination of the Steyr MOD Kit and the Wilcox Fusion System, something TFB wrote about last summer in Matthew’s article “Could Spain’s G36s be upgraded by Steyr Arms”?
The Fusion System by Wilcox is a light weight integrated modular rifle forearm bringing critical electro optics and sensors together in an encrypted Bluetooth enabled network. The system integrates commonly used weapon accessories into one modular system and can be controlled ambidextrously. The power comes from a single CR123 battery, with backup.
Below you can see the bits and pieces that makes up the G36 upgrade.
Here’s the product release from Wilcox:
Wilcox collaborates with Steyr to resolve long standing issues with the G36 assault rifle
The G36 assault rifle, manufactured by Heckler and Koch (HK) in Germany, has historically over-heated while utilizing the weapon in warm climates. A significant investment has been made by both the German and Spanish Governments fielding these G36 Rifles. The soldiers serving their respective countries developed muscle memory overtime utilizing the rifle when trained and deployed in conflicts, especially in Afghanistan.
The HK G36 rifles, when used excessively in high volumes of automatic fire, were causing barrel failure. Adding to problem, the G36 rifles were not fielded with an effective optics system or proper real estate to attach targeting lasers or illumination systems. Steyr, an Austrian based company developed a modification kit for the HK G36 rifle that eliminates the over-heating problem significantly improving the accuracy and reliability of the rifle. The Steyr G36 MOD Kit can be easily be installed on the rifle at the depot level.
Steyr also worked closely with Wilcox to develop a Fusion System for the HK G36 rifle which turns the old forearm into a light weight modular rifle forearm powered to manage a suite of lasers, Surefire duel die flashlight and a reflex sight. The reflex sight is designed to assist the soldier in shooting long distances when enhanced utilizing a modular 3X magnifier and when pivoted off angle used for close quarter battle. Also, the Fusion System features a round counter that ties back through the encrypted cell phone with Blueforce BTAC System.
The MOD Kit and the Fusion System are the ultimate fix for the G36 keeping the muscle memory the same while operating without adding a huge financial impact.
What do you think of the solution?