Defense Review notes that the Army has put out a request to suppliers for a
Non-Developmental multi- configurable 5.56mm modular weapon system. The system shall consist of four variants to include: Special Compact (SC), Carbine, Designated Marksman (DM), and Light Machine Gun (LMG) (or Auto Rifle). All variants need to function in both semi-automatic and automatic firing modes, with the LMG primary firing mode being full auto. The SC variant will provide Soldiers an enhanced close quarter battle capability providing effective lethality through 150m. The Carbine is slated to be the standard issue individual combat weapon with an effective range through 500m. The DM variant will provide accurate fire at longer ranges as well as offering an automatic rifle capability. The LMG variant will offer the role of suppressive fire through 600m.
That sounds suspiciously like the XM8. If the military is looking for another weapon of that type, it may signal the end of the XM8.
Defense Review has heard unconfirmed reports that the XM8 suffered mechanical failures during some recent testing.
I’ll keep an eye out for additional info. And if anyone out there has some, feel free to, you know, TELL ME. (via ACE)
UPDATE: I also note that ACE has posted a picture of Col. John “Hannibal” Smith of the A-Team on his masthead.
Is it just me, or is ripping off A-Team characters on your web site completely *cheesy*? I mean, COME ON.
Show some class.
Head over to ACE, check it out, and if you agree with me flood him with protest emails and comments. This sort of offensive behavior cannot go unchecked.