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NGSW evaluation update   Small Arms <20mm

Started 31/7/20 by autogun; 16324 views.
Red7272

From: Red7272

2/8/20

This is all so weird. 

So this isn't a SAW in the usual sense, it's some kind of glorified AR/DMR with a single operator.  More of a fireteam weapon than a squad weapon. Rather than carrying the random crap of his squadmates he just gets a slightly heavier gun and more ammo.  This makes the belt fed guns look like an exceptionally stupid. A heavy barrel, 50 round drum and a bipod on the standard rifle being a better idea.

Trying to achieve all this with the same 20 round magazine as the squad seems optimistic. 

QuintusO

From: QuintusO

2/8/20

SAWs were supposed to be fireteam weapons with a single operator. That's kind of why they suck (belt feds need an AG).

There are 2x M249s in the Army Rifle Squad (one per fireteam) with no AGs.

Red7272

From: Red7272

2/8/20

QuintusO said:

SAWs were supposed to be fireteam weapons with a single operator. That's kind of why they suck (belt feds need an AG). There are 2x M249s in the Army Rifle Squad (one per fireteam) with no AGs.

This is all part of the current Western manpower deficiency and trying to make the quad fit the transport exacerbated by the symmetrical fire team concept. 2x 4 man fire teams with or without a leader is pretty standard (and yes marines are special). 

The Soviets went with a 7 man squad for their BTR and BMP motor rifle platoons that included a gun team and assault team. The entire mechanised platoon is 29. 3x gunner and driver, Platoon commander, platoon 2IC and 3x7 man squads.  The commander or the 2IC dismounts with the squads and the other commands the vehicles.  Whole thing fits in 3 BMPs/BTRs with a spare seat for the FOO/FAC. It seems insanely austere but it has been their structure for 4 decades. Even the Wagner PMC troops in syria appear to adhere to the 7 man squad structure from photo evidence. 

Western vehicles aren't much bigger and both current loads and the size of GPMGs precludes rifle calibre LMGs in fire teams. The Brits split their platoon in 2x12 rather than 3x8 and so had 2x 4 man fire teams and a 4 man GPMG team, but that left the platoon without the 3rd maneuver element which was a considerable disadvantage. 

Dropping the symmetrical fireteams for a gun team and assault team seems the only way that a rifle calibre belt fed LMG will be practical at section level. 

stancrist

From: stancrist

3/8/20

Red7272 said:

Western vehicles aren't much bigger and both current loads and the size of GPMGs precludes rifle calibre LMGs in fire teams.

Umm...

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Red7272

From: Red7272

3/8/20

stancrist said:

Umm...

For a mechanised squad, they ain't going to be wandering about mountainsides with that loadout. 

And i'm pretty sure everybody thinks a belt fed gun really needs an assistant gunner.

  • Edited 03 August 2020 0:33  by  Red7272
stancrist

From: stancrist

3/8/20

QuintusO said:

belt feds need an AG

Many of the world's armies seem to not share your opinion.

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stancrist

From: stancrist

3/8/20

Red7272 said:

For a mechanised squad...

Yes.  Wasn't that what you were discussing?  You did mention BMP and BTR squads.

Red7272 said:

...they ain't going to be wandering about mountainsides with that loadout.

Why not?  It's basically the same carbine that Danish dismounted infantry used in Afghanistan.

And the machine gun is actually a few pounds lighter than the one they used in that country.

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Red7272 said:

And i'm pretty sure everybody thinks a belt fed gun really needs an assistant gunner.

Who is this "everybody" you're talking about?  It doesn't seem to include a number of the world's armies.  (See post #35.)

Red7272

From: Red7272

3/8/20

stancrist said:

And the machine gun is actually a few pounds lighter than the one they used in that country.

Different squad organisation. 

stancrist

From: stancrist

3/8/20

Does that somehow prevent Danish infantry being able to carry 5.56mm carbines and 7.62mm machine guns in mountainous terrain?

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Red7272

From: Red7272

3/8/20

stancrist said:

Does that somehow prevent Danish infantry being able to carry 5.56mm carbines and 7.62mm machine guns in mountainous terrain?

Yes, Stan, it completely stops them from wandering around the hills of their base and 50 metres from their transports.

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