The first unit of the US Army received a new Heckler & Koch M110A1 sniper rifle
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The first brigade of the third infantry division of the US Army received a new sniper (Marxman) self-loading rifle M110A1, which is produced by the German company Heckler & Koch, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The rifle uses cartridges of caliber 7.62 by 51 millimeters and is the American version of the German Heckler & Koch HK G28, made on the basis of an automatic rifle HK417.
The U.S. Army has adopted a new version of the G28 / HK417 in order to make infantry units even more effective when working at long distances. The new weapon will replace the M110 sniper rifle, which did not live up to its expectations.
Re-equipment takes place on the eve of the planned commissioning of the promising complex NGSW (Next Generation Squad Weapons), using new cartridges of 6.8 mm caliber.
We are talking about a rifle and machine gun, which should replace the M4 carbine and light machine gun M249 in the US Army, respectively. It is assumed that new models of small arms will allow more efficient penetration of modern body armor.
On June 5, the US Army began training with the new sniper rifle
Deliveries to the troops of the new SDMR (Squad Designated Marksman Rifle) M110A1 began and at the same time training in the rules of its operation started.
On June 5, 2020, servicemen of the 1st Raider Tank Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division began acquaintance with new rifles at a sniper training ground at Fort Stuart, Georgia.
The team that participated in the training consisted of non-commissioned officers throughout the 1st brigade. Raider will be the first formation to receive the M110A1 SDMR.
The introductory course began with theoretical studies, and then moved to the training ground. Initial training covered familiarity with the construction of weapons, assembly and disassembly, and maintenance.
Then the military, with the help of civilian experts TACOM (Tank-automotive and Armament Command), learned the rules for bringing weapons to normal combat.
During the training, David Parris, one of TACOM’s civilian experts, explained that “the military received a rifle that would close the gap at distances of 300-600 meters, occupying a niche between the usual assault and sniper rifles.”
Soldiers who attend the first training course, after returning to their units, will assist in training subordinates as they receive SDMR.
Earlier this year, Heckler & Koch began shipping the first large batches of the new 7.62 × 51 mm M110A1 semi-automatic rifles. As a result, Heckler & Koch will deliver from 5,000 to 6,000 systems, consisting of a G28 / HK417 rifle, a SIG Sauer Tango6 1-6 × 24 rifle scope and an OSS Helix HX-QD 762 silencer.
The US military has already received new assault rifles and machine guns
Recall, that on July 2 the United States Army began updating its small arms to a new generation of the German company SIG Sauer as part of a program to replace all rifles and machine guns.
The United States upgraded its army’s small arms to a new generation of German SIG Sauer as part of a program to replace all rifles and machine guns. The production and supply of weapons occurred on time, despite the coronavirus infection.
This program is the largest in the last 50 years. The received cartridges have an increased firing range and efficiency, as well as muzzle velocity.
Ergonomics and recoil of the new machine gun corresponds to the performance of the M-4 rifle. Weight is less than 7 kilograms. Thanks to the optimization of the muffler, the removal of powder gases significantly reduces the visibility of the shooter in infrared rays, and can also reduce their impact.
“The SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons system is the only submission entirely designed, engineered and manufactured by a single American company. We are proud to deliver this comprehensive solution to the U.S. Army, with new capabilities to enhance mission effectiveness for our soldiers on the battlefield,” began Ron Cohen, President & CEO SIG SAUER, Inc. “Our ammunition, machine gun, rifle, and suppressors far surpass the performance of the legacy weapons system in range and lethality, offer exponentially better maneuverability, and are significantly lighter in weight.”
SIG SAUER 6.8mm Hybrid Ammunition: designed to enhance mission effectiveness, this high-pressure, compact round combines a significant reduction in weight, with the ability to handle higher pressures resulting in increased velocity and greater penetration. Additionally, based on the cartridge design and the traditional manufacturing processes, the growth potential of the SIG 6.8mm ammunition is exponential.
SIG SAUER Lightweight Machine Gun (NGSW-AR): with an emphasis on significant reductions in soldier load and enhanced combat performance, SIG SAUER designed the NGSW-AR to be 40% lighter than current systems, and dramatically reduce felt recoil while maintaining traditional belt-fed operation to increase downrange capability. The MG 6.8mm machine gun features ambidextrous AR-style ergonomics, quick detach magazines, increased M1913 rail space, quick detach suppressor, and vastly improves upon the operation and function of the legacy M249.
SIG SAUER Rifle (NGSW-R): a lightweight rifle built on the foundation of the SIG SAUER weapons in service with the premier fighting forces across the globe combined with the added firepower of the 6.8mm round. Features include a fully collapsible and folding stock, rear and side charging handle, free-floating reinforced M-LOK™ handguard, fully ambidextrous controls, and quick-detach suppressor.
SIG SAUER Next Generation Suppressors: designed to reduce harmful backflow and signature that feature low flash with a quick detach design.
“I am very proud that every component of the SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons system was manufactured at our SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire and Arkansas and is entirely American made. Our engineers have worked in concert to optimize the system, ensuring that every component is synchronized, and our soldiers are equipped for the demands of the modern battlefield,” added Cohen. “Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the hard work and dedication of the entire team who worked tirelessly in these unprecedented times, in the face of a pandemic, to deliver the SIG SAUER NGSW system to the U.S. Army.”
The United States is preparing its assault rifles to fight drones
As we reportdet on June 19 US ground forces at the Syrian base at Tanf have tested the latest SMASH 2000 sight for downing drones.
Similar sights were previously used only by the Israel Defense Forces. US SMASH 2000 was tested in Syria for the first time. “US Special Forces bought this system for use in real-life combat situations,” said Dr. Abraham Mazor, one of the founders of Smart Shooter Ltd.
Abraham Mazor declined to say what kind of military operations this technology is being considered in the U.S. Army, but handouts issued by the United States Army underscores the usefulness of sights as a means of fighting unmanned aerial vehicles, writes Daily Mail.
According to him, this product is 100% manufactured by Smart Shooter Ltd. “Our company is in direct contact with the US Special Operations Command [SOCOM], working with US special forces and the IDF”.
Before moving on to testing the scope in Syria, the U.S. Army first bought 98 SMASH 2000 from Smart Shooter Ltd. and in August 2019 conducted their preliminary tests at Beale Air Base near Yuba, California.
The manufacturer of the sights – the Israeli company Smart Shooter Ltd. – Offers a whole line of SMASH sights, which are actually fire control systems [LMS]. Developed in close collaboration with the Israeli army,
The SMASH system allows the shooter to open fire only when the system evaluates the hit on the target as highly probable. Moreover, it takes into account all possible external conditions.
In other words, the shooter first takes aim and fixes [marks] the selected target by pressing the red button on the weapon handle. After that, presses and holds the trigger. A shot is fired only at the moment when the sight “is convinced” of the perfect aiming of the weapon at the target.
However, when a soldier is ready to fire, the system determines whether his target is true, and if the target is “disabled”, SMASH 2000 will not allow to shoot, even if you press the trigger.
“The new sight automates the guidance process and increases the probability of hitting the target from the first shot four times. For this, the principles of display recognition and auto tracking algorithms that were previously used in homing missiles and fire control systems of military equipment are used,” Konstantin Makienko, deputy director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, explained to Gazeta.ru.
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The built-in sight computer stores the necessary data from various types of small arms. According to the manufacturer, the system allows you to increase the probability of hitting from the first shot from 100 m to 80%, which practically equalizes inexperienced and experienced soldiers.
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