Developed in the late '80s for special forces, the ART-89 is, at it's core, a bullpup conversion of the ART-64, using the same stamped metal construction and short-stroke gas piston system as it's longer cousin. Adopted by the Home Defense Corps in 1989, the weapon (named ART-87X during it's use with the Special Forces) was renamed to reflect it's official adoption. It remains in service today.
Construction: the Type 89 has a stamped sheet steel receiver, with milled steel internals. It's furniture is composed of a fiberglass base coated in a greenish composite, and is both light and extremely tough, able to withstand substantial impacts which would crack even wood.
Operation: the Type 89 is a short-stroke gas operated, rotating bolt assault rifle. It's operating mechanism strongly resembles the AR-18 from which it's predecessor was derived, and many consider it to be, in essence, a bullpup AR-18. The weapon feeds either 7mm SPAC or 6.35mm NACO from most NACO STANAG magazines. It can be fired in fully automatic, 3-round burst, or semi-automatic modes, using a selector switch located above the trigger group. It has an ambidextrous charging handle and selector switch, but the magazine catch is limited to one side only.
Sights: The Type 89 was originally issued with a IOT-3 3x tritium-illuminated optic, attaching to a PCAP strip attached to the top of the receiver, but is compatible with all modern PCAP optics.
Other: The Type 89 is compatible with all standard Cordian bayonets, and is issued with either the UK-77 or UK-95.