Sarsılmaz shared new information and images of 7,62×51 mm diameter SAR 240 and 12,7×99 diameter SAR 127, both of which were manufactured through domestic resources. Exhibiting the first prototypes of the guns within a short span of time after R&D activities, Sarsılmaz has proceeded to the test phase. Meanwhile, the company accelerated its infrastructure works to commence mass production of the guns.
SAR 240 has 3 different models. Among them, SAR 240A will be used in remote controlled weapon systems such as SARP and STAMP. In addition, SAR 240B developed for the use of infantry will be fired both with bipod and on tripod. The third model, SAR 240C is aimed to be used as the coaxial machinegun mounted beside the main gun of ALTAY main battle tank. The bodies of all models of SAR 240 have the capacity of at least 50,000 rounds. In addition, the barrels of all models last at least 25,000 rounds. The guns can operate at temperatues between -52 and +72 ˚C. The maximum range of the machine gun with an accurate range of 1,200m for area targets is 3,725 m. The different models of the gun weigh 12 kg on average.
SAR 127 heavy machinegun can be both fully automatic and single-shot. Similar to SAR 240A, which is integrable into UKKSs (remote controlled weapon systems), SAR 217 will be also installed into air, sea and land vehicles upon the completion of required interface configurations. With a weight of 38 kg on average, the gun has an accurate range of 1,830 km for area targets and maximum range of 6,764.
Need for Indigenous Machinegun
A critical gap for indigenous infrantry rifles was sifted out by means of adding many into the inventory. However, the need for the machineguns used by special forces, infantry and especially in on-vehicle materials is to a great extent fulfilled through foreign resources. In crisis periods, it may not be possible to import these guns from foreign manufacturers. Therefore, it is of great importance that domestic manufacturers ramp up domestic production. Particularly, the emphasis needed can be place upon the machineguns used in remote controlled weapon systems (UKSS). UKSSs play a fundamental role in fire support. Our indigenous machineguns are currently designed in similar size to the machineguns used in our vehicles