Chile modernises its marines’ weapons
Jose Higuera - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
17 July 2017
The Chilean Navy's 4,000-strong marine corps has re-equipped its main combat and operational units with new weapons at the platoon and company level, military sources in Santiago told Jane’s .
Most of the equipment was first shown during the ceremonies and demonstration exercises for the corps’ anniversary in late June.
Chile decided upon FN Herstal SCAR-L 5.56 mm assault rifles in 2013, after an attempted joint procurement with the army failed. Since then, the SCAR-L has replaced the German-built Heckler & Koch HK33A2, acquired early in the 1990s. A total of 3,200 SCAR-Ls were ordered in two batches between 2012 and 2015, the sources said.
Foto: Armada de Chile.