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Aselsan develops Atom 40 mm high-velocity air bursting munition (HV ABM)

Aselsan develops Atom 40 mm high-velocity air bursting munition (HV ABM)

ATOM 40 mm High Velocity Airburst Grenade developed by ASELSAN is a smart ammunition which is capable of being programmed to the exact time of detonation while leaving the barrel. Once fired, the time-programmable fuze starts to count down for detonation at the intended target point. Using a pre-fragmented shell which is optimized for the target set, high hit probability is ensured. Aselsan has completed development and testing of its Atom munition and associated fire control unit, the company said on 31 May. Aselsan and MKEK, the Turkish state-run armament company owned signed agreements at IDEF 2017 to cooperate on the design and manufacture of “Smart” 40x46mm Low Velocity for use in UBGLs or stand alone launchers employed by the Turkish Military. The two companies have already worked together on a similar project, being the 35mm Anti-Aircraft using various technologies, most likely for different air burst capabilities.

ATOM 40 mm High Velocity Airburst Grenade is programmed via Fire Control Unit which can be integrated to any automatic grenade launcher.

ATOM 40 mm High Velocity Airburst Grenade is programmedvia Fire Control Unit which can be integrated to any automatic grenade launcher.


The system was designed for installation on a tripod-mounted 40 mm AGL, this system could also be installed on a 40 mm AGL mounted in a remote weapon station (RWS) on armoured fighting vehicles. In addition to being installed on The system was designed for installation on 40 mm automatic grenade launchers (AGL) that are fitted with a Picitanny rail. It provides the weapon increased accuracy and the ability to engage dismounted targets, behind buildings, and other battlefield obstacles. The Atom FCU kit consists of the user monitor, ammunition programming components, and electro-optic sensors. ATOM 40 mm High Velocity Airburst Grenade is programmed via Fire Control Unit which can be integrated to any automatic grenade launcher with just a few modifications to the gun if needed. Fire Control Unit provides the user to see and approve the target, measures the distance to the target and calculates the time required for the ammunition to air burst.
A 40 mm Mk 19 Mod 3 AGL fitted with the Aselsan Atom 40 mm Fire Control Unit (FCU) that enables it to fire the Atom high-velocity air busting munition.

A 40 mm Mk 19 Mod 3 AGL fitted with the Aselsan Atom 40 mm Fire Control Unit (FCU) that enables it to fire the Atom high-velocity air busting munition.


Together with an anti-drone system (capable of detecting, tracking UAVs) and remote weapon station; ATOM 40 mm High Velocity Airburst Grenade offers an effective kinetic attack capability against mini/micro UAVs. The Atom 40 mm HV ABM is programmed to detonate over the target. This programming takes place while the 40 mm HV ABM is leaving the barrel at a distance between 18–40 m. Muzzle velocity is 240 m/s with its high-explosive (HE) fragmentation warhead containing 1,100 fragments that are claimed to provide a kill radius of 5 m and a wound radius of 15 m. This technology, which is possessed by only a few countries in the world, is based upon the principle that the ammunition is precisely programmed for the time it explodes in the air while launching. Thanks to the explosion of the ammunition at the point of impact, the risk of collateral damage is minimized while the undercover threat is destroyed quickly. 40 mm Smart Ammunition is aimed to significantly enhance the effectiveness of the 40 mm grenade launchers that are in the inventory.

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Huron MICO - Machine Gunners Assault Pack

Huron MICO – Machine Gunners Assault Pack

Huron MICO - Machine Gunners Assault Pack

Huron MICO – Machine Gunners Assault Pack


The Huron MICO (HRN-MICO) is a Light and Heavy Machine Gunners Assault Pack is outfitted with a custom lightweight feed chute, cover and weapons feed attachment. The main body pack is equipped with adjustable waist belt and shoulder straps. The Huron MICO is designed to carry 500 rounds of belted 7.62 ammo with 75 rounds in the chute connecting the backpack to the weapon.The weapons sling attaches to the MICO frame to enable ease and mobility.
Huron MICO - Machine Gunners Assault Pack

Huron MICO – Machine Gunners Assault Pack


Features:
• 7.62 or 5.56 Caliber (Adapter Sold Separately)
• Light and Heavy Machine Gunners Assault Pack
• Main body pack with adjustable waist belt
• Custom lightweight feed chute and cover
• Weapons feed attachment [Weapons Adapter is not included]
• Wt: 16 lbs. 3 oz. without ammunition
• Attachments available for Mark 46, Mark 48, M240, M249

Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System

Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System

Video have been circulating on youtube of a Russian Spetsnaz soldier apparently testing out a PKM heavy machine gun with an unusual backpack style ammunition belt storage and feeding system called Scorpion. The system developed, patented and manufacture by Russian company Front Tactical Systems. Scorpion system allows the machine gunners to carry more ammunition and at the same time have all the ammunition readily available, without a need to reload. Russian special forces requested such a feeding system a long time ago and the FRONT finally came up with a solution.

Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System

Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System


The system holds 550 rounds of 7.62x54R ammunition on standard PKM non-disintegrating belts. The main backpack compartment contains 475 rounds and there are additional 75 rounds in the feeding arm. The ammunition is held in a metal case which is then placed inside the backpack. So if the backpack gets damaged, the mentioned case can be placed inside any other backpack with similar dimensions. Scorpion’s backpack has the following dimensions: 18″x12″x4″.
Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System

Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System


The feeding arm is made of a high strength steel with a special anti-corrosion coating. It is pretty long (5.25 feet (160 cm)), which makes weapon manipulations relatively easy with the system attached. The feeding arm attaches to the ammunition can attachment bracket on PK type machine guns.
The backpack and feeding arm cover come in many color and camouflage options: black, tan, OD green, coyote brown, foliage green, ACU etc. The setup is straight out of Predator, and is similar to a backpack-fed machine gun rigged by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vincent Winkowski in 2011 during a 2 1/2 hour firefight in Afghanistan.
Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System

Scorpion Ammunition Belt Storage and Feeding Backpack System


The Russian PKP Pencheneg machine gun is nearly four feet long and fires 7.62x54mm ammo at 600-800 RPM. It is a further development and modification of the PK machine gun.[14] It is said to be more accurate than all its predecessors due to a heavier, non-removable, forced-air-cooling barrel with radial cooling ribs and a handle which eliminates the haze effect from hot gases and keeps the barrel cooler, making the weapon more reliable. Furthermore, the weapon is capable of having a telescopic sight or other sights mounted on it, which increases its accuracy and effective range.

GD-OTS: Individual and Crew served weapons


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) designs and builds state-of-the-art individual and crew served weapons that are high-performing, reliable and lethal. Using the latest in manufacturing technologies, GD-OTS continue to innovate, refine and expand the capabilities and versatility of these combat-tested, combat-proven weapons. Ordnance and Tactical Systems manufactures M2/M2-A1 heavy machine guns and MK19/MK47 grenade launchers. GD-OTS also produce weapons systems for U.S. Navy shipboard applications and for fighter aircraft, including high-speed Gatling guns for all U.S. fixed-wing military aircraft.

Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG)

Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG)


The next generation Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG) gives warfighters a distinct advantage in both extended and close-in fighting. Eliminating the gap between 7.62mm and .50 caliber weapons, the LWMMG utilizes the highly efficient .338 Norma Magnum cartridge to offer unmatched accuracy and lethality while extending the battlespace out to an impressive 1,700 meters. At 1,000 meters, the LWMMG is capable of defeating Level III body armor and incapacitating soft skinned vehicles by delivering over 1,900 foot pounds of energy to the target – more than four times the terminal effect of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. Weighing less than 24 pounds and featuring a fully collapsible stock, the LWMMG offers superior mobility and portability in both mounted and dismounted operations.
M2A1 .50 Caliber (12.7mm) Heavy Machine Gun

M2A1 .50 Caliber (12.7mm) Heavy Machine Gun


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems developed the M2A1 .50 caliber machine gun after more than 30 yeas of experience manufacturing the M2 heavy barrel (HB) machine gun for the U.S. Department of Defense. The M2A1 offers the proven performance and in-place logistics support of the existing M2HB machine gun, along with the new features and design improvements of the quick change barrel (QCB) system and flash hider. These upgrades increase the performance of the battle-proven M2 ad are adaptable to existing M2HB weapons.
GAU-19/B .50 Caliber Gatling Gun

GAU-19/B .50 Caliber Gatling Gun


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems manufactures the lightweight GAU-19/B .50 caliber Gatling gun for application on a variety of air, land and sea platforms, including helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, land-based vehicles, naval vessels and high-speed patrol boats. With a rate of fire of 1,300 shots per minute, the .50 caliber GAU-19/B provides superior firepower in a lightweight system. The total system weight of the three barrel GAU-19/B is neutral to that of a single barrel machine gun.
MK19 MOD 3 40mm Advanced Grenade Launcher

MK19 MOD 3 40mm Advanced Grenade Launcher


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems produces the MK19 MOD 3 40mm grenade machine gun, an air-cooled, blow-back operated, belt-fed weapon. Highly portable within small soldier units, the weapon’s high lethality and broad versatility make it the prime choice of U.S. warfighter as an essential weapon in both offensive and defensive operations. Firing M430A1 High Explosive Dual Purpose grenades, the MK19 provides lethal fire against a variety of targets, including lightly armored vehicles and dismounted infantry. It will penetrate 75mm rolled homogenous armor at a maximum range of 2,050 meters. Dismounted personnel within a radius of 15 meters from impact will be immobilized by blast and fragmentation.
MK47 MOD O 40mm Advanced Grenade Launcher

MK47 MOD O 40mm Advanced Grenade Launcher


General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is the system integrator of the revolutionary STRIKER 40 MK47 40mm Advanced Lightweight Grenade Launcher. The MK47 marks the first major advancement in crew-served weapon systems since the end of World War II. Integrating the latest sensing, targeting and computer-programming technology, the MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade launcher suited for light infantry vehicles and tripod applications. The MK47 weapon system provides the warfighter with a decisive technological advantage over enemy forces equipped with older crew-served weapons. The MK47 fires all NATO standard high velocity 40mm rounds, providing devastating firepower against soft and lightly armored targets.

Kalashnikov Concern AK-12

Kalashnikov Concern AK-12


The AK-12 and AK-15 are Russian assault rifles chambered in 5.45×39mm and 7.62×39mm, respectively. They are designed and manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash). It is one of the modern derivatives of the Russian AK-Pattern series of assault rifles. The AK-12 project began in 2011 by the IZHMASH factory which became part of the Kalashnikov Concern as a private venture, in an attempt to participate in the “Ratnik” trials which were held by the Russian Army. It was further developed by Kalashnikov Concern, and throughout its development and evaluation stage it has received multiple modifications to meet the Russian military’s standard and to address the Russian Army’s concerns regarding the cost and issues in fully automatic fire of the earlier prototype models.

The final production model of the AK-12 is based on the well proven AK-400 prototype. The AK-12 is chambered for the 5.45×39mm cartridge. Kalashnikov Concern also offers the rifle chambered for the 7.62×39mm cartridge, designated as the AK-15. Short-barreled versions of the AK-12 and AK-15 are also being worked on, designated as the AK-12K and AK-15K. With the final production model, it addresses the Russian Army’s concerns regarding the issues in fully automatic fire and the cost of the earlier prototype models and is also expected to be much cheaper to build. It also incorporates many of the same improvements developed for the earlier prototype models of the AK-12, but also improves the strength and resilience of some of the components of the rifle.

 Kalashnikov Concern AK-12

Kalashnikov Concern AK-12


The final production model of the AK-12 has retained the traditional Kalashnikov gas-operated long-stroke piston system with a rotating bolt.The rifle features an integrated Picatinny rail on the top of the redesigned, detachable top cover for mounting various optics/scopes, the lower part of the handguard is also equipped with a Picatinny rail for various tactical accessories such as vertical grips, flashlights and lasers sights. The rifle has a backup iron sights, consisting of a shrouded front post that is mounted on the gas block and an adjustable rear aperture sight that is installed on the removable base using the upper Picatinny rail. The rifle features an ergonomic pistol grip, a retractable side-folding shoulder stock which is adjustable for length of pull, a handguard with ventilation holes and an advanced muzzle brake. The rifle can also be fitted with a quick detachable sound suppressor and a bayonet. To further increase the combat effectiveness of the rifle, it can be equipped with a 40 mm GP-25/GP-34 single-shot underbarrel grenade launcher.

The design of the final production model of the AK-12 shares more in common with the existing AK-74 than its earlier prototype models, but will not be a retrofit to existing assault rifles. Several improvements were made to the AK-12’s receiver, such as an improved and far more rigid top cover interface and a new free-floating barrel. The final production model of the AK-12 reportedly outperforms the existing AK-74 by at least the margin requested by the Russian government. The final production model of the AK-12 has a cyclic rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute (RPM), which is 50–100 rounds per minute faster than the older Kalashnikov assault rifles and the cancelled prototypes of the AK-12.[31] The three-round hyper burst feature from the earlier prototype models was replaced by a two-round burst feature in the final production model as well.

 Kalashnikov Concern AK-12

Kalashnikov Concern AK-12

Saab to deliver Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon System to Slovenia

Saab to Deliver Carl-Gustaf M4 to the U.S. Army

Saab and the U.S. Army have signed a multi-year framework agreement for delivery of the Carl-Gustaf® M4 weapon system (designated M3E1 in the US). The first delivery order amounts to USD 19 million (Approximately 170 MSEK) with deliveries expected in 2019. The recently signed framework contract has a duration of 3 years and gives the U.S. Army the opportunity to place orders for Carl-Gustaf M4 systems for a total value of approximately 380 MSEK. The Carl-Gustaf 84-mm recoilless rifle is a combat-proven system capable of operating in demanding environments that provides soldiers with clear overmatch capability needed to dominate in the battlespace.

The system has been regularly modernized and enhanced to meet users’ changing needs. The latest version, the Carl-Gustaf M4 (designated M3E1 in the U.S.), reduces the launcher weight from 10 kg to less than 7 kg, among several other significant improvements. Since it was introduced in 1948, the Carl-Gustaf Weapon System has been used to support dismounted infantry all over the world. The new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon is fully backwards compatible with all ammunition types and prepared to take full advantage of future ammunition, while being significantly lower weight than its M3 predecessor. This order was booked during Q4 2018.

Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon System

Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon System


“This agreement is the result of many years of great cooperation between Saab and the US Government. The order clearly demonstrates the confidence that the user has both in the capability of the Carl-Gustaf system as well as in Saab as a supplier,” says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab business area Dynamics. “The Carl-Gustaf has been a force multiplier and the support weapon of choice for U.S. Special operations forces for many years. With the system now being fielded to light infantry units in multiple theatres and now to the U.S. Marines as well, the game changing capabilities of this weapon system and the flexibility provided by the multiple munition types available to the operator will deliver even greater value to the American warfighter,” says Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA.

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

The Indian Army will finally start receiving new small arms after a contract was signed with the small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer in the US for 72,400 rifles of 7.62mm calibre assault rifles. According to a statement, The Indian Ministry of Defence has officially contracted with SIG SAUER to build and deliver 72,400 SIG716 rifles for its frontline infantry soldiers. The deal, valued at some 7 billion Rupees, or about $100 million U.S, which are being acquired under the MoD’s Fast Track Procedure, is expected be completed within 12 months.

The new rifles will replace the locally made Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56 mm assault rifles that entered IA service in the mid-1990s, but were declared “operationally inadequate” by the army in early 2010. While India fields a 1.2 million-strong Army, the country has a hodgepodge of small arms acquired over the past half-century, and the new guns will go to equip units deployed along the subcontinent’s borders with Pakistan and China while the service looks for domestically-available solutions to reequip the whole force.

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles

India Army orders 72,400 SIG716 assault rifles


The SIG716 is an enhanced AR platform featuring a 16-inch barrel, M-LOM handguard, and a 6-position telescoping stock. Sig Sauer currently makes the rifle in a number of Patrol and DMR variants using a free-floating aluminum handguard with Key-Mod or M-LOK attachments and a top-mounted M1913 Mil-Std rail. The SIG716 is a short-stroke pushrod gas action 7.62mm autoloader that accepts SR25 pattern magazines. SIG Sauer will build the SIG716 rifles for the Indian Army in New Hampshire.