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The Gendarmerie Nationale Sénégalaise has procured 1,000 T4 rifles and some 200 machineguns from Brazilian manufacturer Taurus.

Developed specifically for the military and law enforcement markets, the 5.56mm T4 rifle, a design based on the almost ubiquitous M4/M16 platform, is used by military forces worldwide, who prize it for its reliability, ease of use and low maintenance requirements.

Taurus currently leads in the South American arms and ammunition exports league, as it exported more than $300 million (€265 million) per year for eight successive years. The United States is the destination for most Brazilian arms. although the African and Asian markets have begun to grow. Over 80% of the company's income comes from exports. In 2019, it had net income of $187 million, an 18.3% increase over previous year, with $152 million coming from the international market.

Santiago Rivas and Florencia Lucero Heguy in Buenos Aires for MON

The Taurus T4 5.56mm rifle. (Photo via authors)

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