Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lightweight 7.62mm Machine-Guns for SPECOPS

The U.S. Army has ordered 3,053 of the new, lightweight, M-240L 7.62mm machine-guns, for $9,200 each. This model of the M-240 is 1.7 kg (3.75 pounds) lighter than the previous, M-240B. This was accomplished by using some lighter (titanium) components. Some other new components are also more durable. The reduction in weight makes a big difference for anyone carrying one of these up and down hills in Afghanistan for hours on end.... SOCOM troops need the light weight for commando operations. But that light weight comes at the expense of durability. The lighter components don't last as long...The M-240L is just one of many new, lightweight, items being introduced in Afghanistan. New, and lighter boots, tools and body armor will lighten the infantryman's load by an average 13 pounds (5.9 kg)...
---Full Report  @ Strategy---
Good to see someone in the chain is (finally?) looking out for those small details that make the big difference in combat for our Spec-Snuffies that have to hump the gear...Good news for a change...(S9)

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