The HVLAR (High Volume Light Automatic Rifle) was envisioned to be a lightweight and maneuverable answer to the infantry's need for a significant rate of fire (for suppressive purposes) without completely surrendering CQC applicability. According to the manufacturer, Ferfrans, the HVLAR is far less cumbersome than the M249 and more accurate than "existing Squad Automatic Weapons" as well.
The weapon has a short stroke rate reduced piston system, the Ferfran proprietary DSAS (Delayed Sear Activation System) and a semi-auto selector that allows it to be used "as a designated marksman rifle". Video footage of the HVLAR (which was recently displayed at the Ft. Bragg 2012 Soldier Equipment and Technology Expo) seems to confirm its controllability during full auto fire. They advise that the DSAS provides a controlled reduction in the cyclic rate (about 650rpm) allowing for increased accuracy during sustained fire (the DSAS will work on both gas piston and direct impingement weapon systems) and suppression of both point and area targets. The Ferfrans HVLAR will apparently work with a "30 round M16 magazine" (unknown if this includes PMags and whatnot) as well as the Surefire 60-round magazine and others.
Frefrans manufacturers other weapon systems as well, including a Special Operations Assault Rifle (SOAR) and 5.56mm 7.5" barrel PDW, and will refurbish old AR15/M4 type platforms if desired. According to the manufacturer, their weapons are being used by "... foreign military and Police such as the Philippine national police, Special Action Forces, and Malaysian Police. It also is being used by U.S. departments and agencies including Clay County FL SWAT and LAPD Mayor protection detail and is currently being tested and evaluated by the U.S..."
The weapons are built in the US by Ferfrans, which was founded by Filipino twins Ferdinand and Francis Sy.
Specifications from the Ferfrans website:
|Caliber:||.223 Rem. / 5.56 NATO|
|Effective Range:||600 Meters Max|
|Barrel Length:||14.5″ & 16”|
|Overall Length:||32.5” (Butt Stock Un-retracted), 35.5” (Butt Stock Retracted)|
|Magazine Type:||Will accept any M16 type magazine 30, 40, 90, 100, 150|
|Cyclic Rate:||650-700 RPM|
|Weight:||9.5 lbs. (Without Magazine)|
|Ammunition:||M193,SS109/M855, Any Mil Spec 5.56 caliber ammunition|
|Barrel Twist||1:9 or 1:7|
|Type of Operation:||Short Stroke Piston|
|Type of Fire:||Safe/Semi/Full – Rate Reduced|
|Reduction System:||Delayed Sear Activation System|
|Other Features:||No Muzzle Rise|
|Operator can pick the number of rounds fired in full-auto|
|Reduced Impact Stress|
|Reduced Rate of Fire|
|Rail Interface System|
|Forehand Grip Bipod|