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14 October 2011

Canberra Times (Australia)

The Government has approved $8million for Thales to develop a prototype for a better rifle for the Army. Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said the work would be carried out at Lithgow's Soldier Systems Centre - once known as the Lithgow Small Arms Factory. The prototype would have better balance, weigh less and include an integrated grenade launcher. It would retain the Austeyr's most controversial characteristic, its 5.56mm (.223 inch) calibre. The smaller... (

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