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NGSW Phase 2 Consolidation and info   Small Arms <20mm

Started 30/8/19 by gatnerd; 522141 views.
smg762

From: smg762

28/12/21

Who is sidewinder.. Is it  Nathan from tfb

stancrist

From: stancrist

28/12/21

roguetechie said:

...my feeling for a long time has been that the best path forward Is limp along the 5.56 guns with the new optimized bolt and extension lightweight cases optimized new projectiles and along with the fancy new electro optical FCU's while putting the real development funds into a proper hi cartridge replacement and new suite of belt feds 

Once we have a proper beast of an absolute wrecking ball lightweight hi cartridge and new MG's to fire it out of (though you could theoretically do the cartridge I'm thinking of in 240's)  that get 338 norma mag performance out of something a bit larger than x51 but same weight or a bit less...

If the plan is to "limp along" with current weapons while doing concurrent development of a new cartridge and machine guns, it seems very wasteful to expend resources upgrading 5.56 guns and ammo via the changes you describe.  For that reason, I also think it's extremely unlikely that the Army would follow your "best path" forward

If your "beast of an absolute wrecking ball lightweight hi cartridge" is ever to become reality, you'll have to develop it yourself.  So, when do you start?  sunglasses

roguetechie

From: roguetechie

28/12/21

I wish I was a cartridge designer but I ain't that smart Stan.

Nor do I have the means to get sample projectiles manufactured or even get the powders I'd need much less the lightweight cases.

Really good ammo has entered the space age my man, it's not something a basement Enterprise can do. Or not something my basement Enterprise can do.

Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)

28/12/21

I see us limping along with current platforms for quite a while and there are plenty of improvements that can be implemented but in reality, it's all about FCS making current platforms infinitely more lethal.

In any case i would be surprised if assault rifle fires killed 5% of combatants in any large scale conflict past 50 years. Hence low priority.

poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

31/12/21

Indeed large scale conventional conflicts are as probable as they were in 2010: very, very improbable.

However, unconventional conflicts are going to happens and probably happens more frequently

poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

5/1/22

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_january_2022_global_security_army_industry/winchester_to_provide_6.8mm_ammunition_for_us_army_nsgw_program.html

Winchester to provide 6.8mm ammunition for US Army NSGW Program

According to ssusa.org, Winchester has announced that the U.S. Army awarded the company cost-plus and firm-fixed-price contracts totaling $20 million for the 6.8 mm Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program. The contracts specify ammunition development, manufacturing facility requirements analysis and production capacity planning. Work will be performed at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., which is the only government-owned, contractor-operated small-caliber ammunition production facility in the United States. These projects were awarded under Winchester’s $8 billion contract to operate the Lake City facility. Winchester Ammunition took over the operation at Lake City in late 2020..

And who is the partner of Winchester for NGSW?

stancrist

From: stancrist

5/1/22

poliorcetes said:

And who is the partner of Winchester for NGSW?

I wouldn't jump to any conclusion about the winner of NGSW.  This isn't the first time that Winchester has been awarded the contract to operate LCAAP.

EmericD

From: EmericD

5/1/22

poliorcetes said:

And who is the partner of Winchester for NGSW?

If they need 20 millions to tool for the NGSW ammo, maybe the winner is not Textron?

poliorcetes

From: poliorcetes

5/1/22

Indeed Winchester is already operating LCAAP for 7.62 ammo. BUT this time is for NGSW, ergo they will run the production of the winner fo NGSW. And I seriously doubt that they will run the production of either SIG or TV ammo

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