The SG553, a slightly improved version of the SG552, is the SBR (Short Barrel Rifle) version of the SIG SG550. It fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from a 5, 10, 20 or 30 round magazine at 700 RPM. The LB version sports a slightly longer barrel to mount bayonets and grenade launchers. The SIG SG550 (Sturmgewehr 90) is the official rifle of the Swiss Army and was designed for arctic conditions, making it a very reliable weapon. The SG553 was made for more urban environments, where its shorter length makes it a formidable close range tool. Even with its short barrel, the rifle is highly accurate out to ~200–250 meters.
Battlefield 3 Edit
— Battlelog description
The SG553 was listed on the four page fact sheet released by EA at Gamescom 2011. It was also seen in Battlefield Blog #8 as an example of the weapon customization in the game, sporting various attachments.
In Singleplayer, the SG553 appears in the hands of a GIGN officers during Comrades, and one with no attachments is encountered near the end of The Great Destroyer. The SG553 has high damage and high rate of fire with virtually nonexistent recoil; it is far more manageable than most other automatic rifles even on full auto.
The SG553 is unlocked for multiplayer when an overall score of 120,000 points in Co-Op mode is reached. Formerly (before the R3 patch), 378,000 points were required to be achieved in Co-Op. It is the sixth weapon unlocked from Co-Op. It features a 30 round magazine and is capable of fully automatic, 3-round burst, and semi automatic fire. Due to its low recoil, the gun performs well at medium and close ranges. Much of the recoil this gun has is somewhat strong rightwards recoil, which is greatly helped by using the Foregrip attachment, which significantly reduces this sideways recoil. The Heavy Barrel attachment can help with its slow muzzle velocity to increase its long range potential. Overall, the SG553 is an excellent weapon and is ideal for aggressive gameplay on the move.
The iron sights on this weapons are clear and easy to use; therefore, this gun may be a good match for those who prefer to use iron sights.
The SG553 returns in Battlefield 4
The SG553. the third Carbine to be unlocked, after the ACW-R. It sports a high firerate of 830 RPM, second only to the ACW-R. Despite its significant firerate, the recoil is comparatively low, enabling the SG553 to remain very accurate when fired in short bursts. This is further helped by the very open and easy to use iron sights.
SG553 unlocks the US attachments through kills, while the Russian and Chinese variants must be unlocked through battlepacks.
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— In-game description
Similar to the G36C, the weapon is well rounded and can function well at most ranges, but it fires slightly faster than the G36C at the cost of lower weapon stability, gearing it more towards closer engagements.
By default, the SG553 is equipped with the SRS 02 reflex sight.
- In the fact sheet released by EA at Gamescom 2011 this gun was referred to as the SG553LB (Long Barrel), although in the final version of the game it uses the short barrel configuration.
- While sprinting with the SG553, the player will only be holding the weapon's pistol grip with his right hand as his left hand is not holding the handle or the Foregrip. A similar thing occurs with the M417.