Iconic Belgian 5.56 × 45mm FN F2000 rifles in Ukrainian troops

KYIV, ($1=29.56 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Every day, the war in Ukraine reveals the presence of various weapons manufactured around the world that are involved in the fight against Russian troops who invaded the country in February this year. A Twitter photo of a Ukrainian soldiers shows that someone [it is not known exactly which country] delivered the emblematic Belgian FN F2000 rifle to the Ukrainian troops.

Iconic Belgium 5.56 × 45mm FN F2000 rifles in Ukrainian troops
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Belgium is one of the arms suppliers to the Ukrainian armed forces. According to sources, 10,000 rifles were delivered by the Belgian government to Ukraine, including SCAR-L and FNC. It is quite possible these FN F2000 rifles were also part of one of the shipments.

Another European country, Slovenia, also has stocks of this Belgian rifle model. But it is unlikely that these FN F2000s are Slovenian, as the Slovenian ones have a different but easily distinguishable Picatinny rail on the top of the rifle and are a model FN F2000 S.

About FN F2000

FN F2000 is a Belgium semi-automatic 5.56 × 45mm NATO standard bullpup rifle. The design of the rifle was completed in the early 20th century [in 2001] and entered service with the Belgian army in 2001. Apart from Belgium, India, Libya, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, and Spain are other countries that use it. There are documented facts that some organizations, such as Hamas and the Yemeni Houthis, also use it as part of their equipment.

Iconic Belgium 5.56 × 45mm FN F2000 rifles in Ukrainian troops
Photo: Twitter

The rifle is developed in four versions: F2000, F2000 Tactical, FS2000, and F2000 S. It weighs 3.5 kg and is 650-740 mm long. Its cartridge is 5.56 × 45mm NATO and acts by the gas-operated, rotating bolt. FN F2000’s rate of fire is 850 rounds / min and muzzle velocity is 900 m / s [2,953 ft / s]. The manufacturer and experts say that the most effective shot is at a distance of 500 m [1,600 ft].

FN F2000’s feed system is detachable box magazines with capacities of 10 rounds [restricted] or 30 rounds [standard STANAG]. The rifle is using often 1.6 × magnified telescopic sight, a notch backup sight.

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