Police & Law Enforcement, Military Arms
|Rate of fire:||750|
|Caliber:||223 Remington (5.56×45mm NATO)|
|Rate of twist:||1 in 7"|
|Magazine capacity:||20 or 30|
|Magazine type:||Detachable box|
The VHS (Croatian: Višenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica—"multifunctional Croatian machine gun") is a 5.56x45mm NATO bullpup assault rifle designed and manufactured by HS Produkt of Croatia. The VHS rifle was first introduced at the 2007 iKA exhibition, the annual Croatian innovation display that takes place in the city of Karlovac. The development was carried on following a request from the Croatian Army for a new infantry rifle to update the individual equipment to NATO standards. VHS assault rifle is gas-operated "tappet" closed gas system with rotating bolt rifle. The development of the new assault rifle began in 1992, during the Croatian War of Independence, when HS Produkt (then called IM Metal) created a bullpup variant of the 7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle. On November 19, 2007, the Croatian Ministry of Defense placed an order for an experimental batch of 50 rifles to be tested by the Croatian contingent currently deployed in Afghanistan within the ISAF. VHS have standard integral sights for using both a grenade launcher and rifle grenades. Red dot optic sight can be installed inside of the handle of the rifle. To disassemble VHS rifle just two pins have to be pulled out. No tools are required. Muzzle velocity is 940 m/s.