Military Review

Canadian future assault rifle performance

47
Nowadays shooting weapon going through hard times. In the international market, there is a constant increase in competition with a shortage of truly fresh, new ideas. It would seem that mankind has gone a long way from the moment of the invention of gunpowder to the creation of modern models of small arms, having already made all the available discoveries and introduced all the advanced technologies. However, progress does not stand still, and small arms, especially military ones, will gradually continue to evolve.


The development of promising models of small arms are engaged today in many countries, while often the design of a new weapon resembles samples from science fiction films. The same can be said about the development of Canadian engineers who are working on the future assault rifle. New small arms are created in the framework of the so-called SIPES program - Soldier Integrated Precision Effects Systems (integrated high-precision destruction system). Work on this program in Canada has been going on for more than 10 years.

Increased shooting accuracy, high firepower and development integrated electronics, which is designed to provide communication with command and combat control networks - these are the main features that are inherent in the conceptual model of the new Canadian assault rifle. DRDC - Defense Research and Development Canada (Canada’s defense department of research and development) and Solt Canada are working together to create the weapons of the future in Canada.

Canadian Soldier with Colt C7A2 Assault Rifle

The company Solt Canada before 2005, was known as Diemaco. Today, it is not just a manufacturer of licensed copies of American small arms, mainly rifles based on Armalite AR-15. The company created the С7 assault rifle (similar to the American M16A1E1) and the С8 carbine (the analog of the American Сolt 653 M16A1 Carbine). These models had a number of differences that were associated with the specifics of the use of small arms in the Canadian armed forces. In addition, based on the experience gained by the Canadian military during the war in Afghanistan, their automatic rifles received a number of improvements. For this reason, a number of NATO countries (Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands) preferred the Canadian design to the American original. Most likely, the main role was played by the best adaptability of С7 / C8 models to difficult, unfavorable climatic conditions of operation, primarily in the northern regions.

Over time, the company Solt Canada began to engage in their own development of weapons. The specialists of this weapon company created the 40-mm EAGLE hand grenade launcher, the original LSW light machine gun based on the M16 assault rifle and the new modular MRR assault rifle. Solt Canada is based in Ontario, near Toronto, innovation is not an empty sound for it. At one time, Diemaco, which turned into Solt Canada, was a subsidiary of Héroux-Devtek, specializing in the production of various components for the aerospace industry. The most important achievement of Heroux-Devtek was the creation of a high-tech chassis for landing the lunar module Appolon-11. So COLT Canada has a rich technical heritage and tradition.

It is worth noting that the Canadian development corresponds to the accepted ideas about the appearance of promising automata and the possible directions of their development, which in 2016 was voiced by Mikhail Degtyarev, the chief editor of Kalashnikov magazine, in an interview with Lenta.ru. According to him, it is difficult to wait for something fundamentally new in the market of assault rifles without creating fundamentally new ammunition for them. A possible direction of development, he called bezgilzovye cartridges, as well as the use of gas or liquid propellant as a charge. He also believes that in the future weapon systems may appear with other methods of charge initiation, for example, with a non-mechanical cap, and electro-initiation.

A prototype of the Canadian rifle of the future, presented by the DRDC in February 2015 of the year

At the same time, Degtyarev called the use of guided ammunition in relation to hand-held small arms unlikely, calling it an insanely expensive idea, even if one just conducted experiments in this direction. According to him, in the near future in the world one should expect the appearance of new assault rifles, which are turning into weapon complexes with new grenade launchers integrated into the design. Who can get new intellectual ammunition. According to Degtyarev, in a grenade launcher caliber one can already afford to consider various systems of explosive ordnance: contactless, remote, with a programmable fuse and others.

A promising assault rifle being built in Canada is already in something that meets the voiced criteria. She will receive an integrated 40-mm grenade launcher and a new ammunition. The weapon was originally developed specifically for the telescopic cartridge. New small arms are created in Canada as part of an integrated weapons platform known as System of Systems (literally “system of systems”). It is being developed for the Canadian Armed Forces and includes in addition to the fighter’s individual weaponry also communications, navigation, ballistic protection, power supply, command and control, as well as a helmet system, a sensor system (including a micro drone) and a transport system, related to each other by personal network.

Work on the new assault rifle carried out directly under the program SIPES, which was mentioned above. They began in October 2007 of the year and are also known as SARP II - Small Arms Replacement Project II (small arms replacement project, second stage). In the framework of this project, in the period from 2012 to 2022, the year in Canada should be created a new modern small arms, which will be integrated into the new system of combat equipment. It is assumed that the new assault rifle will be able to hit both the enemy's manpower (including a non-lethal option) and its equipment using new ammunition. It is worth noting that Canadians do not spare funding for the development of new weapons. The total cost of the SARP II project is estimated at more than one billion dollars. As a base platform for prospective small arms, several manufactured samples are considered, including the FN SCAR, Beretta APX-160, as well as the FN P90 and PDW HK MP7.

Canadian future assault rifle performance
5,56 caliber mm telescopic cartridges

As part of the SARP II project, Canadian engineers plan to achieve the following goals:
- increasing the rate of fire;
- ceramic barrel;
- a bed with a metal matrix obtained by injection molding;
- modular design of weapons with the ability to easily change the caliber;
- equipping weapons with a set of software-controlled sensors;
- The use of telescopic ammunition of a new caliber (Canadian engineers are considering both sleeveless and cartridge cases);
- the use of high-energy nano-powder;
- use of bullets with a segmented core;
- the use of environmentally friendly ammunition;
- optional action of ammunition on the target - lethal or non-lethal;
- wireless communication, working in real time with other components of the combat system;
- Plug-and-Play architecture, operating via Ethernet;
- interface bus for data and energy;
- the presence of radio frequency (RFID) or biometric identification systems on the weapon;
- implementation of an unconventional aiming system in practice, which should include a target identification system, a modular fire control system, an automatic tracking and firing system for the selected target in motion, a SWIR / LWIR night sight (combining the properties of a thermal imager and an IR sight), and power supply independent of the weapon.

A number of the listed technologies have been successfully implemented in modern realities and are applied in practice, but the full list of goals is truly impressive and able to impress the imagination. Especially, taking into account the fact that Canadian engineers set themselves the goal to realize everything conceived at least in the form of existing prototypes, that is, weapons that will be embodied in the metal. At the same time, the adoption of a new system or its components is out of the question; the developed demonstrators of new technologies should become the basis for the creation of new full-time systems of small arms.


It is worth noting that every day fantasy is getting closer to reality. In February, the DRDC 2015 held a presentation that included a press release, several photos of the future rifle and a video. In this case, it is not even about an assault rifle, but about a full-fledged rifle-grenade launcher complex. Already then it was emphasized that one of the main tasks facing the developers was to reduce the weight of the weapon. To this end, Canadian engineers used several types of lightweight materials, and also minimized the weight of those nodes that are made of steel. In the end, it turned out that a fully equipped prototype of a new weapon weighs less than a serial Colt C7 assault rifle, equipped with an M203 rifle grenade launcher. This rifle is currently in service with the Canadian army.

The use of new telescopic cartridges plays a role in reducing the weight of the new weapon. In case of a sleeveless design, this ammunition is a bullet that is completely or partially covered with a layer of highly effective powder substitute. In order to determine the possibility of using such cartridges, the creators of the new rifle had to carry out detailed tests, during which the safety and stability of cartridges for a long time, as well as the absence of negative effects caused by their aging, were checked.

Studies that accompanied the creation of a new rifle, and affected the process of developing new technologies for automatic search, capture, tracking and subsequent destruction of targets. As part of these studies, a number of specialized software algorithms and sensors were created that provide for the use of weapons in almost all typical situations that may arise during hostilities. It is assumed that in the near future a new Canadian rifle will also be able to independently fire at the targets being accompanied. This is planned to be achieved through the introduction of technologies similar to those of the American company TrackingPoint.


Presented in the photographs and video rifle made in the layout of bullpup, in which the trigger is carried forward and is located in front of the store. Today, this scheme is quite common for small arms in NATO countries. The rifle caliber is 5,56 mm, while the weapon has a rate of fire regulator that allows you to adjust the rate of fire in a wide range. As an additional weapon, an 40-mm grenade launcher with three grenades located in a round drum or a shotgun of an 12 caliber can be easily mounted on a rifle. It is reported that the grenade launcher will be able to use smart ammunition. The easy integration of the grenade launcher and the place for its installation allow us to speak about a full-fledged rifle-grenade launcher complex.

According to the developers, the new assault rifle will be a flexible weapons platform that can be used in any environmental conditions and in any theater of operations from hot deserts and arctic snow to dense urban development. It is known that the first prototype of weapons created in the framework of the SARP II project was tested by firing from a machine tool, and also passed ergonomic and operational tests at Canadian military bases, which suggests that this project definitely deserves close attention, at least sides of weapons industry and military specialists in many countries of the world.

Information sources:
https://www.all4shooters.com/ru/strelba/ruzhya/DRDC-i-Colt-Canada-prototip-vintovki-budushchego
https://www.dailytechinfo.org/military/6743-kanadskaya-armiya-gotovitsya-k-polucheniyu-umnogo-oruzhiya-sleduyuschego-pokoleniya.html
https://lenta.ru/articles/2016/11/19/sturmgewehr
Open source materials
Author:
47 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. Strashila
    Strashila 24 January 2018 06: 36
    0
    "These models had a number of differences that were related to the specifics of using small arms in the Canadian armed forces. In addition, based on the experience gained by the Canadian military during the war in Afghanistan, their automatic rifles received a number of improvements." .. It’s really possible to find out what it is only if it is to be at war, and not used as a ceremonial in parades .... well, or for filming a movie. And new in appearance ... a large bar ... on which everything is hung ... including the trunk.
    1. smart ass
      smart ass 24 January 2018 19: 28
      +3
      Eeeh a handful of sand would sprinkle ...
  2. tracer
    tracer 24 January 2018 06: 39
    +7
    Thanks, very interesting review. I did not even know about such developments in Canada. Interesting, really interesting ...... However, there are a lot of questions about the construction, layout, functionality and, of course, not to the author of the article, who apart from the words of thanks I personally can’t say anything. Prototypes look very "pale" to be honest. But the use of a barrel made of ceramics is interesting. It is not necessary and stupid in this version, but it is interesting. Optical sight ELCAN 1 / 4x32 for 2.350 American rubles. All products of the Canadian company producing these sights are highly durable. Horizontal and vertical adjustments are carried out by external adjusting screws and when fired, it is tightened with keys ... Language does not turn out to be an innovation in optics. What else conjure these gloomy geniuses is hard to say. But knowing, not by hearsay, the Canadian approach to the development and implementation in metal, I say with confidence that there is NOTHING worthwhile. This is the Canadian development approach. To explain for a very long and dreary ... By the way, those good thermal imaging sights that are produced in Canada (Toronto) are made by the former "ours" as well as the owner of the company, also the former "ours". More than sure that his office "cooks" a device like "Track Point" for this miracle. They’ll cut some money among the “friends” and “normally” everything will be ...
    1. tracer
      tracer 24 January 2018 07: 08
      12
      I assumed ..
      Look carefully at the “trunks” of the fighters .. This is a sawn aluminum profile !!! And it’s exactly the same as the stand under the “trunk” in the first photo. Tomorrow I’m going to our “developers”, there’s a meter and a half scrap lying around there ..))))) The pens are clearly printed on a 3-d printer made of black thermal paste and the covers are glued with superglue ... You know, the legendary modern Ukrainian military developments .. And what a wonderful piece of plastic two-inch pipe from the household? With glued pieces of aluminum rail ... Well, just a sensation of design thought ... The final photo in the backyard behind the warehouse. And .......... FI ........... Geth !!!
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 24 January 2018 20: 44
        +3
        Quote: tracer
        Look carefully at the "trunks" of fighters .. This is a sawn aluminum profile !!!

        What is the deepest thought ... Bravo !!!!!!!
        Is it too lazy to read the article? Or are some pictures enough for a true professional?
        1. tracer
          tracer 24 January 2018 21: 56
          0
          You see, I also understand what I read. Apparently some do not understand.
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 24 January 2018 22: 01
            +1
            Quote: tracer
            You see, I also understand what I read.

            Not sure.
            The article has four interesting points:
            - a bed with a metal matrix obtained by injection molding;
            - modular design of weapons with the ability to easily change the caliber;
            - Plug-and-Play architecture, operating via Ethernet;
            - interface bus for data and energy;

            the implementation of which, based on your own expertise in the picture, called "sawn aluminum profile"
            1. Michael HORNET
              Michael HORNET 27 January 2018 19: 27
              0
              This is precisely a sawn aluminum profile)))) it is possible that with access to the Internet)))) in the first picture MAY BE what layout
              In general - success to them in the cut and rollback)
  3. Theodore
    Theodore 24 January 2018 06: 39
    +1
    And how much does this unit weigh? And how many shots in the field, is it enough? request
    1. tracer
      tracer 24 January 2018 07: 25
      +4
      It will be enough for any number of shots .... And you can easily adjust the rate of fire. That one, that one, that one can quickly say, but one can also slowly. You can even twos ... that one, that one. The most important thing is not to chew at it for nothing. And then it will not shoot ....
      1. Baikal
        Baikal 24 January 2018 14: 14
        +1
        It’s necessary to shoot the current more often, with unaccustomed lips popping laughing
        1. Theodore
          Theodore 24 January 2018 20: 39
          0
          good Shine! Briefly and clearly !
  4. inkass_98
    inkass_98 24 January 2018 07: 33
    +4
    It looks scary, to be honest. I do not know about the characteristics, but there is no ergonomics, and there are clearly problems with balancing. And the last two photos are simply enchanting. It seems that they collected bits of pipes and profiles from the landfill, dazzled them with scotch tape and let their uncles play in camouflage. In childhood, we sculpted something similar with the help of electrical tape ...
  5. Belimbai
    Belimbai 24 January 2018 07: 44
    0
    In the future, these rifles will creep out onto the battlefield themselves .... and then crawl out into the garage ....
  6. M0xHaTka
    M0xHaTka 24 January 2018 07: 47
    0
    So far, one thing is clear - this grenduulin will be very expensive. And very unreliable at first. Plus vulnerable to electronic warfare. But overall, an interesting and promising development, a serious application for weapons of the future
  7. Curious
    Curious 24 January 2018 08: 39
    +2
    It is surprising that the Canadian company is not interested in the VO site. Judging by the comments, there are so many specialists in the field of small arms.
    1. tracer
      tracer 24 January 2018 21: 59
      0
      This is not surprising, but the fact that you are so worried about this ...
      1. Curious
        Curious 24 January 2018 22: 07
        +1
        Of course I'm worried. Such specialists are idle. A gold fund, one might say.
        1. tracer
          tracer 25 January 2018 06: 31
          0
          No, don't stand idle. And they have a "relationship". I do not pretend to be compliments.
  8. omit
    omit 24 January 2018 08: 48
    0
    The author took a joke at face value. This cannot be a valid model. It's just a mockup. (In the last two pictures.)
    1. Curious
      Curious 24 January 2018 10: 21
      +3
      Yes Yes. This is a joke from the Department of Homeland Defense of Canada. These comedians settled there.

      This photo is four years old, at least. Like the materials in the article. And you can find it in many publications, even in such far from militarism as the National Post.
      And beneath them is a signature like "A Canadian soldier is testing a prototype weapon. Photo by Jocelyn Tessier, DRDC."
      DRDC - Defense Research and Development Canada - Defense Research and Development Agency of Canada, a government agency whose parent organization is the Department of Homeland Defense.
      Maybe they, of course, run with a dummy, everything happens. But dummy prototype, as a rule, do not call names.
    2. Lopatov
      Lopatov 24 January 2018 10: 22
      +2
      These are not mockups, these are technology demonstrators.
  9. The comment was deleted.
  10. avt
    avt 24 January 2018 10: 03
    0
    A prototype of the Canadian rifle of the future, presented by the DRDC in February 2015 of the year
    bully CanadaA decided to shoot the sequel to Star Wars bully Or maybe the naturalized zarobitchans, Malyuk, canadian garbovalsy? bully
  11. sd68
    sd68 24 January 2018 10: 16
    0
    just look at the bottom photos - such an army military weapon simply can not be. With a platoon, clean each gun after each exit in the field.
    At best, this is a mockup or prototype.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 24 January 2018 10: 47
      +1
      Quote: sd68
      just look at the bottom photos - such an army military weapon simply can not be.

      C'mon ... Pretty interesting option. In fact, there is a cheap and lightweight and durable "butt frame." On which you can hang anything you want just before combat use. Moreover, as I understand it, due to the accuracy of the manufacture of this frame, without subsequent shooting. Apparently, Canadians prevailing in the world of Picatinny were not satisfied in this regard.

      Well, then it’s easy to cover the unused grooves of this frame with overlays so that you don’t have to “clean it all with a platoon”, since again there are such solutions for Picatinny.
      1. sd68
        sd68 24 January 2018 12: 05
        0
        I understand, but look at the top photo with overlays, nothing has changed.
        Compare for example with the Canadian M16 in the top picture - the difference is obvious.
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 24 January 2018 13: 50
          0
          Quote: sd68
          but look at the top photo with overlays, nothing has changed.

          Apparently the second from the top photo of the article is generally from another opera. Another example of complexes "multiple rocket launcher plus automatic rifle."

          The rest is another type of weapon. With an interesting concept, in which the "skeleton" for hanging everything is not a rifle / machine gun but a special frame, in the article designated as "a bed with a metal matrix obtained by injection molding"
          1. sd68
            sd68 24 January 2018 14: 10
            0
            in appearance, the construction profile resembles.
            somehow you look at it and understand, it will definitely not be used in this form
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 24 January 2018 14: 18
              0
              Quote: sd68
              in appearance, the construction profile resembles.
              somehow you look at it and understand, it will definitely not be used in this form

              Of course it won't.
              However, the principle of "frame" seems to me a very promising thing.
      2. tracer
        tracer 24 January 2018 15: 22
        0
        I ascertain the fact ...
        The theme of small arms is clearly not "yours" ... The algorithm of thought is visible in your post. Do not make people laugh.
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 24 January 2018 20: 42
          0
          Quote: tracer
          In your post you can see the thought algorithm. Do not make people laugh.

          8))))))))))))))))
          People who laugh at posts that are not visible at all can make people laugh
          eight))))))))))))))))))
  12. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 24 January 2018 10: 37
    +6
    Do not suffer, Canadians, take our ready. smile
    And a bulpap and a grenade launcher. And already with solid combat experience.
    (only the cartridges are not telescopic)
    1. Michael HORNET
      Michael HORNET 27 January 2018 19: 31
      0
      And what kind of sight is used for the grenade launcher and what results do real users achieve with it?
  13. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 24 January 2018 10: 41
    +1
    There is also a "Russian cartridge" 5.45 fellow
    If anyone is interested.
    1. Vovanya
      Vovanya 24 January 2018 10: 52
      0
      We have our own better, but not yet implemented - see http://www.findpatent.ru/patent/254/2549599.html
    2. avt
      avt 24 January 2018 12: 08
      +3
      Quote: voyaka uh
      There is also a "Russian cartridge" 5.45
      If anyone is interested.

      Azochenway! Thank you - don’t, the great-screeners have already begun to breathe in. Somehow, they have messed up their own - the same A 91M and, on its basis, in general, ADS.
  14. Julio Jurenito
    Julio Jurenito 24 January 2018 10: 47
    0
    What the hell is that in the photo? Punch - a guest worker’s dream?
    And how to wear it?
    And what will happen if you roll it a little in the mud?
    1. tracer
      tracer 24 January 2018 15: 16
      0
      In general, nothing will happen .... That's absolutely .... For the purity of the experiment, roll the trim of the reinforcement ..
  15. dokusib
    dokusib 24 January 2018 11: 36
    +1
    Judging by the photo and the content of the article (in particular, a list of the tasks set by the developers), some kind of fundamental research is being carried out with an attempt to completely move away from the traditional concepts of small arms. As a rule, such programs end with nothing from a practical point of view. After them there are only multi-page reports. This supposedly has no prospects, but we need to work on this. It confuses one thing: nothing new has been proposed in all of these areas of work for more than one year, and they are all very far from complete.
  16. Berkut24
    Berkut24 24 January 2018 12: 33
    0
    With such small arms, any army in the world, even having nothing but infantry units, will fly financially into the pipe. Especially taking into account the fact that not a single sample of an assault rifle in the west lasted more than 10 years and each time they began to look for a new replacement.
    1. tracer
      tracer 24 January 2018 15: 14
      0
      Because the goal is not to create, but to create ...... Do you feel the difference? In the Soviet Union they created .... Therefore, much has been working so far.
  17. san4es
    san4es 24 January 2018 20: 02
    +1
    The farther the nicer

    Here is another construction based on AK
    1. tracer
      tracer 24 January 2018 21: 54
      +1
      It seems that Dunning-Krueger syndrome affects not only some "weapons experts" but also manufacturers ..
      1. Michael HORNET
        Michael HORNET 27 January 2018 19: 35
        0
        The theme resembles the development of funds in large amounts, with the issuance of a report to the customer in the form of fabricated videos and photos with a construction profile))))
    2. dokusib
      dokusib 25 January 2018 22: 49
      +1
      AK for the civilian market adapted for bump fire? Interesting. Fires bursts while pushing on the front handle. Actually for the American market. It is strange that they didn’t do this to AR first.
  18. Meshchersky
    Meshchersky 25 January 2018 12: 01
    +5
    And the red button will be there?))))
  19. Catfish
    Catfish 26 January 2018 01: 07
    +1
    I wonder how long such a weapon will "live" on the battlefield. In my opinion, the more complex the unit, the more unreliable it is. During the battles from getting a shell into the tank’s tower, all the electronics went out of order, but nothing to the car and crew. And they moved and shot, only without a stabilizer, and turn this tower manually ...
    In general, I do not remember that Canada glorified itself with some outstanding achievements in the field of weapons design. And yet: no one considered such an option as an elementary "sawing" of money?
    request