Beretta GLX-160

Notes: The GLX-160 is an underbarrel grenade launcher designed for use with the new ARX-160 assault rifle and is also part of the Soldato Futuro program, a large small arms modernization program currently being conducted by the Italian Army.  In addition to its use with the still-evolving ARX-160, Albanian special forces use some 35 of them (along with their 100 new ARX-160s), and the GLX-160 is also being used as an underbarrel grenade launcher for the AR-70/90 assault rifle by the Italian Army.

The GLX-160 can use an 11-inch or 16-inch barrel interchangeably, with longer and shorter barrels able to be mounted easily by the individual soldier in the field.  The GLX-160 system also includes a snap-on gripstock that has a sliding buttstock, a raised comb, and a thick rubber recoil pad; the stock is based on the stock of the HK/Benelli M-4 shotgun (used by the US as the M-1014 shotgun). The stock is connected to the rest of the gripstock by thick, strong aluminum-alloy spar, with the rest of the gripstock providing a mount for the GLX-160s barrel and firing mechanism, a polymer pistol grip, a monolithic MIL-STD-1913 rail above the barrel, sling swivels, and a folding set of iron sights, including a leaf sight and a front quick-engagement sight.  Construction is primarily of polymer and high-strength aluminum alloys. The 11-inch barrel is meant for underbarrel use; the 16-inch barrel is primarily meant for use only as a support weapon with the gripstock attached.  (If nothing else, a 16-inch underbarrel launcher would be quite unwieldy, but there is nothing to prevent this type of installation.) The GLX-160 uses a double-action mechanism, and numerous passive safeties ensure that the GLX-160 cannot fire unless the breech is locked properly, the round is loaded properly inside the barrel, the GLX-160 is properly mounted on the rifle or gripstock, and basically everything is right.  Loading, reloading, and unloading is done by simply pulling down on the barrel while sliding it forward; it moves forward enough to allow for the loading of newer types of low-velocity 40mm rounds that are longer in length than the standard 40x46mm round.  Attachment to a firearm is via a MIL-STD-1913 rail interface.

Twilight 2000 Notes: the GLX-160 is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazine

Price

GLX-160 (11 Barrel w/o Gripstock)

40mm NATO Low-Velocity

1 kg

1 Internal

$351

GLX-160 (11 Barrel w/Gripstock)*

40mm NATO Low-Velocity

2.2 kg

1 Internal

$553

GLX-160 (16 Barrel w/o Gripstock)

40mm NATO Low-Velocity

1.45 kg

1 Internal

$508

GLX-160 (16 Barrel w/Gripstock)*

40mm NATO Low-Velocity

2.65 kg

1 Internal

$710

 

Weapon

ROF

Round

SS

Burst

Range

IFR

GLX-160 (11)

SS

APERS

1

Nil

22

Nil

 

SS

CHEM

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

Ferret

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

Flash-Bang

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

Flechette

1

Nil

43

Nil

 

SS

HE

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

HEAT

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

HEDP

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

HE Airburst

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

ILLUM

1

Nil

97

390

 

SS

WP

1

Nil

97

390

GLX-160 (16)

SS

APERS

1

Nil

25

Nil

 

SS

CHEM

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

Ferret

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

Flash-Bang

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

Flechette

1

Nil

48

Nil

 

SS

HE

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

HEAT

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

HEDP

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

HE Airburst

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

ILLUM

1

Nil

109

435

 

SS

WP

1

Nil

109

435

*Bulk for the 11 barrel version with gripstock is 2/4; with the 16 barrel, it is 3/5.