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US Army Considers Replacing M249 SAW With Bigger, Badder Suppressed Machine Gun
  Armed Forces Weekly   6 hours ago 0 5   1 minute read
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The M249 SAW has been a common sight on the battlefield for nearly 50 years. Originally designed in the 1970's as a lightweight replacement to the M60, the military was thrilled at the idea that the gun could use the same ammunition as the rest of the M16-equipped squad.

But that was back when engagement distances were relatively short, and weight of fire was more important than long range accuracy. Now that the battlefields of today have moved out of the claustrophobic jungles of Vietnam and into the wide open spaces of the Middle East it seems that the military is looking for something with a little more accuracy and long distance stopping power.

The Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) is a single incremental program to meet future force warfighting needs. It is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) and select support units during the next decade. It will combine the firepower and range of a machine gun with the precision and ergonomics of a carbine, yielding capability improvements in accuracy, range, and lethality. The weapon will be lightweight and fire lightweight ammunition with improved lethality. The NGSAR will help to reduce the heavy load that burdens Soldiers and that has a significant negative impact on their mobility, survivability, and firing accuracy. Soldiers will employ the NGSAR against close and extended range targets in all terrains and conditions. The NGSAR will be compatible with and dependent on legacy optics and night vision devices to meet required capabilities. It will also be compatible with the Small Arms Fire Control system currently in development and possess back-up sights. It is anticipated the NGSAR support concept will be consistent with (comparable to) that of the predecessor M249 SAW involving the Army two level field and sustainment maintenance system. The NGSAR will achieve overmatch by killing stationary, and suppressing moving, threats out to 600 meters (T), and suppressing all threats to a range of 1200 meters (O).

Noticeably absent: any specification of ammunition. It says the ammo needs to be lighter than the ammunition currently in use, but it doesn't specify the caliber.

Could we be seeing a .22WMR machine gun in the field sometime soon? Probably not. But it would be interesting to see if one of the participants decides to wildcat something specifically to meet the spec.

The notice goes on to give the specific requirements that the gun must meet, including:

That last one is particularly notable. The M249 was designed to be compact, not quiet. For this new gun, the specification requires both a compact and quiet package with an included suppressor.

We should start seeing the first hints of what companies are proposing to fill this role within the next few months, as the military is holding an industry day at the end of July to go over the proposal in more detail. My bet is that 1) FN will submit a variant of their venerable SCAR design, 2) Colt will once again half-assedly bastardize an AR-15 platform rifle to fit the requirement while trying to spend as little money on R&D as possible, and 3) H&K will throw the MG5 out there again.

The wildcard here is SIG SAUER, who re-engineered their company specifically to fulfill contracts like these that require the vendor to supply both the firearm and the ammunition. I can't imagine they'd sit on the sidelines for this, but I also don't see anything in their arsenal ready to meet the requirement. Stay tuned.
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A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Harald

Germany opens tender for G36 rifle replacement  ( duurt nog wel ff voordat die ingevoerd gaan worden, 2021, 2022 ...)

Germany's defence procurement office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw) has announced a tender to replace the German Army's G36 assault rifles.

Under the programme named System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr (SSB), the German armed forces are planning to sign a seven-year framework agreement (which could be extended) for the manufacture and delivery of around 120,000 new rifles and associated accessories worth an estimated EUR245 million (USD266 million). Part of the contract covers the provision of spare parts and repairs.

The actual number of weapons ordered in the framework agreement are to be set in the third quarter of 2020 after the new rifles have been successfully tested.

http://www.janes.com/article/69833/germany-opens-tender-for-g36-rifle-replacement

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Citaat van: Shephard Media op 21/03/2017 | 10:54 uur
SOCOM searches for 7.62mm conversion kit

For example, in November, the Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL MARSOF) announced plans to procure 200 Sig Sauer MCX .300 BLK carbines (pictured) in order to replace its existing inventory of Heckler and Koch 5.56mm x 45mm HK416 rifles.


https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/special-operations/socom-searches-762mm-conversion-kit/

Weet iemand of het klopt dat de HK416 bij MARSOF eruit gaat? Dacht dat de SIG MCX alleen een aanvulling was.

In het artikel van Janes van november 2016 over de levering werd hierover niets vermeld.

SIG MCX rifles delivered to Dutch special forces
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Harald

SOCOM searches for 7.62mm conversion kit

A US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) solicitation calling for the design of a Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) could have serious implications for the future of the standard NATO 5.56mm x 45mm calibre assault rifle across the special operations community, defence sources have explained to Shephard.


According to the 9 March request for information (RFI), the Tampa-based command is seeking a conversion kit for the 5.56mm x 45mm Colt Defense M4A1 carbine in order to upgrade it to a .300 BLK cailbre (7.62mm x 35mm) weapon system.

The news follows years of ongoing debate in which special operations forces (SOF) have considered the evolution from 5.56mm to alternative calibres including 6.5mm, 6.8mm and .300 BLK ammunition.

Despite retaining the option to alternate between such weapon systems for specialist tasks and roles, sources explained how such a wholesale change in calibre across entire assault rifle inventories had been avoided due to the vast costs associated with such a change.

The USSOCOM requirement features an upper receiver and buttstock conversion kit, which would allow an operator to switch between 5.56mm and .300 BLK calibres within a few minutes with the additional benefit of the added integration of a suppressor, the solicitation reads.

Despite being tagged as a PDW development, USSOCOM's requirement falls in line with similar efforts across the international special operations community where force elements are demanding enhanced lethality and stopping power particularly relevant to close quarter combat situations.

For example, in November, the Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL MARSOF) announced plans to procure 200 Sig Sauer MCX .300 BLK carbines (pictured) in order to replace its existing inventory of Heckler and Koch 5.56mm x 45mm HK416 rifles.

The MCX, according to defence sources, is also being considered by the Royal Netherlands Army's Special Forces Regiment (KCT) as well as the German Army's Special Forces Command (KSK).


[/i][/b]According to USSOCOM's solicitation, the PDW requirement must comprise a non-permanent upgrade solution with the M4A1 weighing no more than 5.5lbs and measuring no more than 26inches when fully extended.

'The weapon shall be fully functional when collapsed or folded. Kit should include a 5.56mm barrel that can be changed from .300 BLK to 5.56mm in less than 3 minutes. Accuracy shall be 3.0 MOA (T), 2.0 MOA (O) @100 yds. and 5.0 MOA (T), 3.0 MOA (O) @ 300 yds. both in .300 BLK supersonic,' the solicitation added. Deadline for responses is 10 April 2017, it concluded.

Defence sources explained to Shephard how most of the small arms manufacturers in the US will be capable of supporting such a programme with participants likely to include Sig Sauer, Heckler & Koch, M4A1 designer Colt Defense and FN Herstal USA.

The news follows USSOCOM's interest in the development of Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) technology, designed to reduce 'mirage effects', noise and dust effects during operations in confined spaces.

However, this option would comprise an upper receiver with floating barrel and permanently integrated suppressor, which has become a signature piece of equipment for the international special operations community in recent years.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/special-operations/socom-searches-762mm-conversion-kit/

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Czech armed forces order Desert Tech HTI sniper rifles

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly - 17 March 2017

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract worth CZK75 million (USD3 million) for Desert Tech Hard Target Interdiction (HTI) rifles for use by Czech special forces in international operations.

The contract includes the delivery of 30 sniper rifles, each with a set of conversion kits for .375 CT and .50 BMG cartridges (including barrel, bolt, and magazines), along with scopes, 120 replacement barrels (737 mm/29 inches long), 21,000 cartridges, and additional accessories such as bipods, mounts, and cases.

The HTI is a bullpup design, multi-calibre (convertible between .375 CT, .408 CT, .416 Barrett and .50 BMG), bolt-action sniper/anti-materiel rifle capable of engaging targets out to ranges of 2,200-2,750 m. It is equipped with a quick-change barrel that can be replaced in less than 60 seconds even in field conditions.


The Czech MoD has ordered 30 Desert Tech Hard Target Interdiction rifles for use by Czech special forces. (Desert Tech)

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http://www.janes.com/article/68822/czech-armed-forces-order-desert-tech-hti-sniper-rifles
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Sine Pari

Daarom schreef ik ook;

Citaat van: Sine Pari op 16/02/2017 | 21:36 uur
maar dit is zeker (binnen defensie) niet het geval.

Met 'binnen defensie' tussen aanhalingstekens. Ook mag je niet vergeten dat niet iedereen op defensie fora, of wapen fora binnen defensie dienen of gediend hebben, en dat je er ook de nodige 'dumb fucks' hebt.

Zag net dat ik je niet geantwoord heb in betrekking tot de klasse 1 storingen. Klasse 1 storingen zijn storingen die men (de militair) zelfstandig kan oplossen, zonder behulp van instrumenten/hulpmiddelen. Klass 2 storingen zijn deze welke men ook zelf kan oplossen, maar voor welke men instrumenten/hulpmiddelen benodigd. En klasse 3 storingen zijn deze welke door een wapenmakker verholpen moeten worden. Klasse 1 zijn vaak aanvoerstoringen, maar hoeven dit niet altijd te zijn.
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Citaat van: Sine Pari op 16/02/2017 | 21:36 uur
Ik weet niet waar je dit fabeltje vandaan haald, maar dit is zeker (binnen defensie) niet het geval.

Op diverse Amerikaanse AR-15 en Glock fora ben ik de afgelopen 16 jaar een hoop fabels over de oorspronkelijke afkomst van de eerder door mij genoemde Europese fabrikanten tegengekomen. Gelukkig verbeteren zij elkaar en weten ook veel Amerikanen hoe het wel zit ;)

A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

A.J.

En ook omdat je met grendelwapens geen enkel bewegend onderdeel in je wapen hebt bij het afgaan van het schot. Dit itt de (semi) automaten waarbij de afsluiter al beweegt terwijl de kogel de loop nog niet verlaten heeft.

Sine Pari

Sorry weet niet hoe ik Seat moet vertalen. Maar het is het deel in een (vuur)wapen welke de haan in de gespannen stand houd. Deze ligt bij een grendel vuurwapen (maar ok bij andere wapens als bv. de M4) meteen boven de trekker. Bij een bullpup word de sear ivm met de ligging van het magazijn en de kamer achter de trekker door een verlenging gemaakt. Buiten dat er meerdere delen zijn om de sear te breken, zit er een speling (die na verloop van tijd enkel toeneemt) in, welke het afgeven van een accuraat schoot behinderd. Daarom zijn grendel vuurwapens zoals bv. de M24 dan ook superieur ten opzicht in precisie.
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Citaat van: Thomasen op 06/01/2017 | 19:56 uur
Beetje competitie voor H&K, niet slecht.
Maar tough sell tegen de 416.
De 416 is strek overgewerdeerd. Ondanks dat het een (zeer) goed wapenplatform is, heeft het gebreken als men bv. ziet dat andere (dan HK) magazijnen vaak storingen van klasse 1 met zich meebrengen. Nu heb ik geen ervaring met de RS556, maar daar het zich om een AR15 platform gaat zou dit hopelijk niet het geval zijn. Laten we hopen voor de Duitsers dat de opvolger van de G36 in iedergeval geen bullpup word, aangezien de sear van bullpups te lang is, en het zodoende niet als precie wapengebruiket kan worden. En het aanvalliger is voor storingen in klasse 1 en 2

Citaat van: Sparkplug op 20/01/2017 | 17:33 uur
Er zijn inderdaad veel Amerikanen die denken dat Beretta, Glock, HK en Sig Sauer (hebben allemaal een fabriek in de VS) ook echt Amerikaans zijn.
Ik weet niet waar je dit fabeltje vandaan haald, maar dit is zeker (binnen defensie) niet het geval. Verder mag men niet vergeten dat al het materieel dat voor (de U.S.) defensie word geproduceerd hier in de U.S. moet worden geproduceerd (om een continueliteit tijdens oorlog te kunnen te waarderen). Dat voor de Sig Sauer gekozen werd inplakte voor bv. de Glock (welke al door SOF eenheden word gebruikt) bestaat het in de veiligheids regels, zeer zeker in de veiligheids regel bij welke men de haan van een Sig Sauer kan omspannen.
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Heckler & Koch unveils HK433 modular assault rifle

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly - 03 February 2017

German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch has unveiled a modular rifle, the HK433, chambered in 5.56x45 mm. It will be proposed to the Bundeswehr as a replacement for the currently issued G36 rifle.


Heckler & Koch's HK433 assault rifle family will be proposed to the Bundeswehr as a replacement for the currently issued G36 rifle. (H&K)

This is the fourth rifle family being offered by the Oberndorf-based manufacturer after the G36, HK416, and HK417 weapons.

The backbone of the new weapon family is the 5.56 mm HK433 assault rifle, although other calibres such as 7.62x51 mm (HK231), 7.62x39 mm (HK123), and 300 BLK may be also offered.

The HK433 is a gas-operated weapon with a short-stroke gas piston system, using a locked rotating bolt head.

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http://www.janes.com/article/67487/heckler-koch-unveils-hk433-modular-assault-rifle
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

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SHOT Show: Kalashnikov reborn

The AK-47 is an iconic rifle that has shaped warfare for several decades, being utilised on most battlefields by militaries and non-state groups.

Now, Kalashnikov USA is looking to bring the rifle into 21st century with an updated design it is calling the AK Alpha.

On display at this year's SHOT Show in Las Vegas was a prototype of the new rifle, which is slated to be introduced next year.

Owing to sanctions against Russia, Kalashnikov USA now manufactures all of its products in the US and does not import from abroad. A production facility is now up and running according to the company, making classic weapons such as the AK-47 as well as the Saiga-12 shotgun.

Andrew Breneman, Kalashnikov USA's regional sales manager spoke to Shephard about the new Alpha rifle and the capability enhancements it offers over the legacy AK-47 model.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/special-operations/shot-show-updated-kalashnikov-display-video/


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US Army details new modular handgun based on Sig Sauer P320

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC and Neil Gibson, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review - 30 January 2017


The US Army's new XM17 handgun is to be a 9 mm Sig Sauer model P320, the full-sized version of which is pictured here. Source: Sig Sauer

The US Army has confirmed that its new XM17 handgun is to be a 9 mm Sig Sauer model P320 and the contract allows the government to buy Sig Sauer's proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) and XM1153 Special Purpose (SP) ammunition and training rounds.

The long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract, intended to replace legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, was awarded on 19 January with a total USD580.217 million maximum ceiling.

It is understood that Sig Sauer bested bids from Beretta, FN Herstal, and Glock, after Smith & Wesson and partner General Dynamics Ordnance Tactical Systems (GDOTS) had earlier been dropped from the programme. A total of nine bids were submitted, according to a separate Pentagon statement. The US Army declined to reveal the other bids.

The XM17 to be supplied by Sig Sauer "is 'Coyote Brown' in colour and has interchangeable hand grips and is ambidextrous, allowing the user to tailor the ergonomics to best fit their hands and optimise their performance," the army said in a 26 January emailed statement.

The MHS programme, which is expected to reach full-rate production in 2018, could result in buying between 280,000 and 500,000 weapons for the army, navy, air force, marines, and US Special Operations Command. The army has said it wants more than 280,000 handguns, including potentially about 7,000 compact versions of the handgun.

In the statement, the army said the USD580 million potential contract was "sufficient to procure army requirements, other service requirements, and potential Foreign Military Sales requirements", and allows for the procurement of handguns and ancillary components for up to 10 years and ammunition for up to 5 years.

Army officials expect the first handguns to be will be provided to units in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 to participate in initial operational testing.

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A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Lex

Citaat van: A.J. op 20/01/2017 | 17:45 uur
Mogen ze gratis hebben dat slootwater.
Hier in The USA zij ze gek op Heineken. En zeker als het uit NL komt. Bij festiviteiten blijft het nationale brouwsel, bijv Busdweiser onaangetast.
Okay, is off-topic.