British tested the .50 ASP heavy machine gun from HMS Argyll [video]
LONDON, ($1=0.75 British Pounds) – At the end of last week [November 19], Her Majesty’s fleet tested the new ASP system [Agile, Small-deflection, Precision] with a .50 heavy machine gun installed, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Army Recognition. The tests were performed aboard the HMS Argyll Type 23 Duke.
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According to information from the British Navy, the tests lasted a week, as the ASP system and .50 heavy machine gun were tested on various moving targets – motorboats, jets, difficult to hit naval targets, including the destruction of other smaller weapons systems. mounted on RN vessels.
The .50 heavy machine gun is one of the most powerful weapons in service among naval artillery units. It is for this reason that the British decided that a completely new, but at the same time improved, fastening should be developed to ensure not only stability during firing but also precise accuracy. Once this attachment was developed, the British navy logically wanted to test the final product.
The Aberporth test sites in Cardigan Bay by Plymouth-based HMS Argyll have accepted tests from the British Navy. According to the spread information, the British fired approximately 5,000 rounds of ammunition in various types of heavy machine gun mounting, as follows: 3,500 rounds fired with the help of the new mounting, 1,450 from a heavy machine gun on a traditional “soft” mounting. In addition, the British navy decided to conduct three dozen artillery shots in various weather conditions, as well as a military tactical scenario.
The assessment of the British is more than positive. Her Majesty’s sailors claim that the use of a .50 heavy machine gun mounted via an ASP system is very easy, reliable, and this is evidenced by the final artillery results, such as the accuracy of the attacks.
A more detailed analysis of the results and data from the conducted one-week shooting is forthcoming. The analysis will be funded by the Defense Innovation Fund, managed by Royal Navy Innovation Experts NavyX and supported by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory.
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