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US Army is looking for a replacement machine gun M249

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From the US, there is information that the military plans to abandon the M249 machine guns and is actively looking for a replacement. According to thefirearmblog.com portal, the US Department of Defense announced the second “Industry Day” for manufacturers of small weapons as part of the NGSAR program on 12 and 13 December, during which it will consider offers from manufacturers. Despite the lack of clear requirements, the military department indicates that under the abbreviation NGSAR they want to see small arms close in weight and dimensions to a standard army rifle (М4), capable of hitting targets with aimed fire at a distance of 600 m and suppress them at a distance of 1200 m


US Army is looking for a replacement machine gun M249

Shooting a machine gun M249.


An official tender has not yet been announced, since the Ministry of Defense is collecting information from manufacturers in order to clearly define the requirements for a new weapon.

Previously, the US Marine Corps began replacing machine guns M249 rifles HK416. The lack of tape power in HK416 is compensated by the possibility of using high-capacity stores (up to 100 ammunition), and a thick and durable barrel is able to withstand a high rate of fire. In addition, the Marine Corps decided to replace the HK416 rifles with M4 carbines.

FN M249 SAW is a modified version of the Belgian FN Minimi light machine gun. Gun Designer Ernest Vervier developed the Minimi in 1974 year - the model turned out so successful that it remains very popular even decades later. According to the beginning of the year 2016, this machine gun in various versions and under different names is in service with the security forces in 45 countries, reports "Warspot"


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  1. nik-karata
    nik-karata 27 November 2017 13: 41 New
    +3
    Let our PCM buy! Or "Pecheneg" ... All one is better!
    1. Leeds
      Leeds 27 November 2017 14: 43 New
      +5
      They are especially comparable in size and weight)))
      1. aws4
        aws4 27 November 2017 17: 42 New
        +5
        Well, right there the main thing is to write first and cheers patriotic, but the fact that this is a different weapon under a different cartridge does not matter to him
        1. infantryman2020
          infantryman2020 28 November 2017 07: 44 New
          +1
          Here (on the forum) just to blurt out some nonsense. Especially in the trend: cheap cheers, patriotism of Ukrainians, “has no analogues in the world”, Serdyukov’s pollination, and a number of topics.
          Sad for a good military news site.
          1. nik-karata
            nik-karata 28 November 2017 10: 33 New
            +1
            Respected! On their own people are not judged. This is a very ancient wisdom!
        2. nik-karata
          nik-karata 28 November 2017 10: 28 New
          +1
          I can give you the championship! This is not the main thing for me. Do not worry!)))
          1. aws4
            aws4 28 November 2017 17: 03 New
            0
            not important??? the main thing is to write essentially dear
            1. nik-karata
              nik-karata 29 November 2017 11: 11 New
              0
              Dear, you probably learned to read, and to understand and understand what you read is an insurmountable problem! My comment is that PKM and Pecheneg are in any case better than M249. And I wanted to poop that they have different weights, caliber, inventor, user ..... and so on. And if I turn to insults, then what will I be better than you ??? I’ll be just as nasty .... gay. Phew. It's disgusting to communicate with you!
              1. aws4
                aws4 29 November 2017 18: 54 New
                0
                dear .. you finally understand that they also have machine guns similar to our Pkm and Pecheneg .. we are talking about a machine gun under a light small-caliber cartridge ... these are different classes of weapons and they have different tasks and ammunition and weight ... now about the ugly gay ... if you are such a brave scribbler then come and tell me this in real life and not here ..
                1. nik-karata
                  nik-karata 30 November 2017 06: 29 New
                  0
                  crying fool did not try to think? better and don't start!
                  1. aws4
                    aws4 1 December 2017 02: 55 New
                    0
                    which is to be expected ... a keyboard fighter
  2. Dezinto
    Dezinto 27 November 2017 13: 43 New
    +7
    Let the MG 45 rivets be consistent with the image and reputation.

    1. Jedi
      Jedi 27 November 2017 13: 55 New
      +4
      Quote: DEZINTO
      will match the image and reputation.

      More than. lol But seriously: what, the Americans were inspired by RPK-16?
      1. d ^ Amir
        d ^ Amir 27 November 2017 14: 41 New
        +1
        Good afternoon!!! most likely then Turner-2 .... 5,45 to reset to 5,56 anyway it will be easier ....
        1. Jedi
          Jedi 27 November 2017 14: 49 New
          +3
          Damir hi That RPK-16, that Turner-2 under 5,45 sharpened. So it doesn’t matter which one of them was inspired by the Americans (if that was the case at all). I wonder who will win the tender when they form the requirements for a new machine gun.
          1. d ^ Amir
            d ^ Amir 27 November 2017 15: 01 New
            +1
            what kind of tender ???? they’ll just put someone’s proven model into production .... if it is a NATO country or some other satellite, then “decency” will be respected, that is, at least some money will be paid ... but if the countries of NATO or satellites there was something similar, then this model would have been produced under the American index .... so we are waiting, sir .... again, Singapore invented something like this not so long ago ....
            1. Jedi
              Jedi 27 November 2017 15: 04 New
              +3
              Let's not run ahead of the engine:
              An official tender has not yet been announced, since the Ministry of Defense is collecting information from manufacturers in order to clearly define the requirements for a new weapon.

              Better wait for it to end. yes
  3. Mooh
    Mooh 27 November 2017 14: 04 New
    +4
    Less than 4 kg and 1200 meters? Either delusions of some sort of colossal reform and the transition to a new ammunition.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 27 November 2017 14: 14 New
      +6
      I also do not believe in 1200 m. Even if with optics the targets at 1200 m are
      visible, then the fire bar will not be effective - 5.56 bullets
      will lose lethal force. Here, you're right, you need a different caliber.
      That's about aiming fire at 600 m - realistic.
    2. Vlad.by
      Vlad.by 27 November 2017 15: 09 New
      +1
      Yes, hands burn with the desire to cut
      1. CooL_SnipeR
        CooL_SnipeR 28 November 2017 08: 54 New
        0
        Utopian guys ... overtrained in battle 4. Nobody has yet repealed the laws of physics, even for the God-chosen
  4. Krasnyiy komissar
    Krasnyiy komissar 27 November 2017 14: 18 New
    +2
    M249SAW - Seek Another Weapon. The machine gun is rather moody if it got such an offensive nickname. Our PKM / PKP is much more reliable and powerful, although it weighs more. Think yourself, what can be the effectiveness of 5.56 mm bullets at a distance of 800 meters? The infantry is now in armor, and with every year the resistance of body armor and helmets is growing, and the armor penetration of the cartridge is limited by the energy of the bullet.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 27 November 2017 16: 03 New
      +4
      This is not a machine gun for such distances. This is a light machine gun.
      Its effective distance is 400 m. The task is to create a protective
      fire and allow the shooters to shoot aimingly single.
    2. nik-karata
      nik-karata 28 November 2017 10: 31 New
      +1
      I wrote above about RMB, they called me vile words. So that you are more careful, colleague!
      1. aws4
        aws4 28 November 2017 17: 07 New
        0
        you yourself have identified as a person who confuses the warm with the square ...
  5. san4es
    san4es 27 November 2017 16: 07 New
    +3
    military department plans to abandon the M249 machine guns

  6. DesToeR
    DesToeR 27 November 2017 16: 54 New
    0
    Well, here is the khan of the "sacred cow" in the world of machine guns. 1200m is it. 308 Win., But not 5,56x45
  7. Eurodav
    Eurodav 27 November 2017 17: 38 New
    0
    Make an order to the outskirts, they have the most powerful military-industrial complex in the Galaxy! They blind you and grease with fat!
    1. infantryman2020
      infantryman2020 28 November 2017 07: 47 New
      +2
      Ukrainians dream, or what? Or smarter nothing to say?
      1. CooL_SnipeR
        CooL_SnipeR 28 November 2017 08: 59 New
        +1
        Quote: infantryman2020
        Ukrainians dream, or what? Or smarter nothing to say?

        Judging by your comments, all around are stupid urapatriots and you are the only one in a white tailcoat in the middle ...
        As for your comments, they are in the same style without exception, so chyab mumbled
  8. First iron-faced
    First iron-faced 27 November 2017 18: 38 New
    +1
    Heh! It's not about the M249, but about stupidity. It would be more reasonable to equip the entire fire group of the squad (9 people) with fully automatic weapons, consisting of 4 fighters. Only one fully automatic barrel in the form of a SAW machine gun (automatic squad weapon) is not enough. Their shortened full-time carbines M4, replacing including and standard M16A4 rifles with the same shooting modes, fire only single and fixed. queues (automatic. M4A1 only MTR). Those. they themselves weakened their infantry utterly in the niche of the individual (M240 and Pecheneg - group) infantry automatic weapons. The same half measure in the form of M27 (HK416), which replaced only part of the SAW machine guns, and in the Marine Corps. It goes without saying that the magazine (with faster replacement) automatic weapons, and even with a full-blooded barrel 450-508 mm, they suddenly became worth their weight in gold.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 27 November 2017 19: 31 New
      +1
      "Only one fully automatic barrel in the form of a SAW machine gun (automatic squad weapon) is not enough" ////

      The Marines have 3 light machine guns per squad.
      But one light machine gun in the compartment is enough.
      Need accurate fire, not dense in milk. All the same, you can’t save ammo.
      And fire barriers are more efficiently made with conventional 7.62 machine guns
      as part of fire support groups at the platoon / company level.
      1. First iron-faced
        First iron-faced 27 November 2017 20: 19 New
        +2
        No need for uniform machine guns (GPMG), or is your infantry fighting only in the field and always with armored personnel carriers? So and refuse automatic Tavors, something you did not refuse at the time and automatically. M16 and CAR-15. A mobile rather light automatic weapon is necessary, except for fours, fighters often work in pairs, covering each other. And so the marines have 13 people, and in the infantry 9 and only two automatic barrels, not particularly light and not with the fastest reload (box with tape). And if everything got hurt like that, then where did the M27 Marines fall out, in general, where did the American problem raised in the article come from?

        Amer-tsam was worth at least learning from his northern neighbors. Canadians have full-blooded automatic. M16A3 (C7) and all the same Minimi (C9).
        1. First iron-faced
          First iron-faced 27 November 2017 20: 37 New
          0
          PS: In my opinion, it is elementary that a short barrel heats up faster and is less accurate.
        2. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 27 November 2017 23: 32 New
          +1
          "and refuse automatic Tavors, something you did not refuse at one time and automatically" ///

          Tavors are automatic, but we shoot only with single shots or cut-offs. Shooting bursts of personal weapons (any) is prohibited. Not for technical reasons, but as an ineffective battle technique.
          Only machine guns shoot in bursts: light and ordinary.
          1. sharp-lad
            sharp-lad 28 November 2017 00: 06 New
            0
            Two rounds in a row is also a turn, but short! smile From machine guns to shoot in short (up to five shots) bursts is more effective than long shaking your brains and guts. hi
          2. First iron-faced
            First iron-faced 28 November 2017 05: 28 New
            +2
            Again, poorly read and article and comments about amerskoy problem. And prove to them that they are all hurt with the arrow. And do not give a damn about your bullpup and what is prohibited there at the shooting range. The situation may require the support of your comrades (a) that you will suppress the enemy single-handedly (at the same close distances (up to 200 m), or will you hit the squirrels in the eye? Amazing tale -
            he jabbed a couple of times with a single finger and the enemy barely heard a calm and even left the position. Automatic weapons have a lousy property sometimes to fail (with tape power in particular), and machine gunners also see if they die (dudes are a priority for snipers).
  9. First iron-faced
    First iron-faced 28 November 2017 05: 46 New
    +2
    Even the Americans suddenly realized that the battle was not taking place in the “regular” mode, not according to their plan and not according to the instructions.
  10. k_ply
    k_ply 28 November 2017 08: 49 New
    0
    ... capable of hitting targets with aimed fire at a distance of up to 600 m and suppressing them at a distance of up to 1200 m.

    For 5,56 mm, 400 and 800 meters, respectively, is still believed, usually an effective aiming fire up to 300-400 m, but from 600 to 1000 m, these are distances of 7,62 mm sniper rifles.
    Indeed, the cant is that the US Army, in addition to special forces, does not actually have automatic magazine weapons in this caliber
  11. RF man
    RF man 28 November 2017 22: 56 New
    0
    Accidentally stumbled upon an opinion on the topic ...

    with the filing of anonymous companions, in the comments on the previous post he began to read TTT on the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle and came into a state of great amazement, having a synonym for the word for the letter "oh" I hasten to share with you my discoveries, with interlinear translation into Russian.

    Comment: (T) is the minimum acceptable value, (O) is the desired / goal.
    The NGSAR will achieve overmatch by killing stationary, and suppressing moving, threats out to 600 meters (T), and suppressing all threats to a range of 1200 meters (O).
    NGSAR must ensure the defeat of motionless and suppression of moving targets at a distance of 600 meters (T) and the suppression of all types of targets at 1200 meters (O)

    System Weight: The NGSAR combat configured weapon including sling, bipod and sound suppressor will weigh no more than 12 pounds (T) 8 pounds (O). This does not include ammunition or magazine.
    Weight with belt. a bipod and a silencer, but without cartridges and a magazine, should be no more than 5.45kg (T) or 3.63kg (O)

    Rate of Fire: NGSAR shall be capable of a rate of fire of 60 rounds per minute for 16 minutes and 40 seconds without a barrel change or risk of cook-off. Cyclic 200 rounds without cook off (T). NGSAR will be capable of 108 rounds per minute sustained for 9 minutes and 16 seconds without barrel change or risk of cook off. Cyclic 300 rounds without cook off (O).
    Rate of fire: fire at a rate of 60 rounds per minute for 16 minutes and 40 seconds :) or continuous fire 200 rounds without the risk of self-ignition of the cartridge (T); or 108 rounds per minute for 9 minutes 16 seconds or 300 rounds continuously (O)

    NGSAR will have the capability to fire in automatic and semi-automatic modes (T). NGSAR will be capable of firing two rounds with one trigger pull with both rounds impacting the target within 1 inch at 100 meters in automatic or semi-automatic modes (O).
    Have the ability to fire automatic fire and bursts. Stack two bullets single or in line in a circle of 25mm per 100 meters.

    I see that or the Yankees invented some special martial magic (3.6-minute minute machine with an effective range of 1200 meters), or they have very good dealers with direct deliveries from the best laboratories in the world.