According to the Army Times, these three new pieces of equipment have passed the trial stage and should be in the hands of the military, to some degree, within the next dozen months.
The XM806 .50 calibre Machine Gun
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Production of the “revolutionary” lightweight .50 calibre machine gun was hampered by a pierced primer, a bad bolt, and a mis-placed head space, but those problems are fixed and the weapon will reach a limited production run of 800 in February.
The XM806 cuts the weight of the military ‘s current .50 cal. in half, reduces recoil by 60 per cent, and is accurate to 2,000 meters.
60mm Lightweight Company Mortar System
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Already in the hands of the Special Forces, the 60mm Lightweight Company Mortar System is set to replace the entire 1,550 60 millimetre mortars Army-wide by 2014.
Keeping the two-mile range and knocking 20 per cent off the previous model’s weight was made possible by removing components and using a nickel-based super alloy called “Inconel” to make the barrel. The new material is lighter, more durable, and requires less maintenance.
The M829E4 120mm Advanced Kinetic Energy Tactical Tank Round
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With a $77 million three-year contract for the M829E4 120mm Advanced Kinetic Energy tactical tank round in hand, ATK is prepared to deliver on this new fifth-generation tank round anytime.
With increased capabilities against explosive reactor armour at increased ranges, this new tank round will make short work of enemy tanks.
The future of the greater armour force, however, is in question — and the 2011 National defence Authorization Act will scrutinize the U.S. Abrams tank program to determine, how much, if any funding it will continue to receive.
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