Weapons for you. - Page 12




 
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January 9th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
So the blue grenade is like throwing a criket ball?
January 9th, 2006  
c/Commander
 
 
Depends on what you're being trained to do
January 9th, 2006  
AussieNick
 
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The Steyr AUG looks like the SAR21. Anybody knows anything about AICW? that is made in Australia!
Is this the baby your looking for. The AICW.


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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 31 August 2005 Metal Storm Limited (ASX trading code: MST and NASDAQ Small Cap ticker symbol MTSX) today announced the successful test firing of the Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) Capability Technology Demonstrator at the Port Wakefield Proof and Experimental Range near Adelaide, Australia.* Sponsored by the Capability Development Group of the Australian Department of Defence, and led by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), the AICW Capability Technology Demonstrator project includes Metal Storm and Tenix Defence as consortium members.

The AICW is an integrated weapon concept which combines a standard 5.56mm Steyr assault rifle and a Metal Storm 40mm grenade launcher in a single unit with a common trigger, laser sight and control system that operates both the 5.56mm and the 40mm barrels.

The benched test firing demonstrated the AICW’s ability to...


switch between 5.56mm and 40mm barrels instantly and without reloading. The 40mm barrel incorporates the Metal Storm electronically initiated “stacked munitions” system and can fire three rounds before re-loading is required.

The project was designed to evaluate the possible technologies available for the next generation of individual combat weapons, with emphasis on increasing the lethality of the weapon thereby enhancing the soldier’s capability and survivability.

Conventional 40mm grenade launching systems used with combat weapons are fitted as an add-on component with separate aiming and trigger devices and can only fire single rounds before reloading. The perceived advantage of the AICW concept is that the grenade launcher capability is fully integrated into the one combat weapon, and as it utilises Metal Storm technology, it can carry up to three rounds in the barrel ready to fire using the integrated common operating systems.

The trial firings engaged targets at 100, 200 and 300m, each with three 40mm projectiles, fired at a nominal velocity of 95m/s. In addition, the target at 300m was engaged with the standard 5.56mm rounds that are currently in service. The firings demonstrated the capability of engaging consistently a target the size of a window or doorway at 100m. New technology associated with recoil mitigation, sighting systems, and electronic fire control was also demonstrated.

Metal Storm's Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Smith said “The ability to fire multiple 40mm shots without reloading, from an individual combat weapon, we believe will provide a major capability enhancement compared to existing individual combat weapons.
“There has been significant international effort placed on trying to develop a fully integrated individual combat weapon which provides for a 5.56 mm rifle and a grenade launcher system with greater range, improved fire control and at the right weight. AICW is well along the path to achieving all these capabilities.

“Our objective now is to build on the success of the AICW Capability Demonstrator project through an industry funded effort to further refine and ultimately commercialise the concept. The next generation will incorporate the latest developments in Metal Storm technology (which has advanced since the AICW program began). Combined with the current development of High Explosive rounds, we are now very close to being able to deliver a much more advanced individual combat weapon that includes all the required capabilities at an appropriate weight level.” David Smith stated.
By the way, whoever it was who posted earlier the AICW was a joint US/Aussie venture is wrong. DSTO is developing, MetalStorm and Tennix are building it. They are all Australian companies working to Australian designs and specs in Australia. There is no US involvement.


Nice looking weapon the SAR21... but doesn't it have a better looking Austrian cousin?
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January 9th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Well, nice gun! I heard the AICW is a JOINT venture with the OICW.
January 9th, 2006  
AussieNick
 
Incorrect. They are similar in design, but the parties involved in wither project have nothing to do with each other.
January 9th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Ok, So can I say that both the AICW and the OICW has something in common?
January 9th, 2006  
FO Seaman
 
 
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Originally Posted by zander_0633
Ok, So can I say that both the AICW and the OICW has something in common?
The AICW and OICW where never a joint op, just the teams making them had talked.
January 9th, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
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Originally Posted by zander_0633
So the blue grenade is like throwing a criket ball?
They were like the pineapples we were throwing here in my old Company. Instead of writing "inert" on each one. It's easier to spray paint them.

January 9th, 2006  
FO Seaman
 
 
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Originally Posted by Missileer
They were like the pineapples we were throwing here in my old Company. Instead of writing "inert" on each one. It's easier to spray paint them.

Mk.II's, man that was a good grenade.
January 10th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Any clearer picture?