The Automatkarbin 5 (automatic-carbine 5) or AK5 is the main assault rifle
in use by the Swedish
When trials started in the 1970s, there was a serious lack of assault rifles in the Swedish armed forces. In an event of a mobilization only about 40% of the armed forces could have been equipped with automatic weapons (AK4
and Submachinegun m/45) and it was estimated that about 300.000 more assault rifles was needed.
The alternatives was to buy more Ak 4 or purchase a new weapon. Considering that the rest of the world was heading for a smaller and lighter caliber weapons and the estimated costs of the choices it was decided to purchase a new weapon. Between 1970 and -75 the following weapons were put through strict trials:
The Austrian Steyr Aug
The Italian Beretta M70
The Israeli Imi Galil.
The Swedish FFV 890 C
The Swiss Sig 540.
And the German Hk 33.
For the final trials at the beginning of the 80s two weapons remained: FFV 890 C och FN FNC. They turned out superior, primarily in winter performance and durability. FFV 890 C was a Swedish modified Galil which in its construction is based on the Ak 47
and the finnish M62 but in caliber 5.56x45mm
. After the final trials FN FNC was declared the winner. The weapon was modified in three stages 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84 and was adopted after tests at FJS (The Paratrooper School) 1985.
The first delivery was in 1986.
Two variants of the AK5 exists:
AK5b, which is an AK5 fitted with cheekrest and dusk-dioptre scope
And AK5c fitted with an M203 grenade launcher.
Weight: 4600gr. - Full magazine: 600 gr.
Clip: 30 rounds.
Mechanical Rate of Fire: 11 shots per second.
Muzzle Velocity: 930 meters/second.