General Dynamics Unveils New Medium-caliber Machine Gun

Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Unveils New Medi­um-cal­iber Machine Gun at Joint Arma­ments Con­fer­ence in Seat­tle
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Arma­ment and Tech­ni­cal Prod­ucts, a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD), today unveiled a next-gen­er­a­tion Light­weight Medi­um Machine Gun (LWMMG) at the Joint Arma­ments Con­fer­ence in Seat­tle, Wash.

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Iden­ti­fy­ing an unmet warfight­er need, Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Arma­ment and Tech­ni­cal Prod­ucts con­duct­ed its own research and devel­op­ment pro­gram to devel­op the LWMMG in just over one year. The weapon is designed for low-cost pro­duc­tion and for max­i­mum effec­tive­ness at the small unit lev­el, where weight and lethal­i­ty are deci­sive fac­tors.

“The LWMMG is an afford­able weapon that clos­es a cur­rent oper­a­tional gap, pro­vid­ing .50 cal­iber-like fire­pow­er in range and effect at the same weight and size of cur­rent­ly field­ed 7.62mm machine guns,” said Steve Elgin, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of arma­ment sys­tems for Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Arma­ment and Tech­ni­cal Prod­ucts. “Weigh­ing in at 24 pounds and fea­tur­ing a ful­ly col­lapsi­ble stock, the LWMMG offers supe­ri­or mobil­i­ty and porta­bil­i­ty in both mount­ed and dis­mount­ed oper­a­tions.”

Gen­er­al Dynam­ics’ LWMMG also offers a dis­tinct advan­tage in both extend­ed and close-in fight­ing by using the high­ly effi­cient .338 Nor­ma Mag­num car­tridge for increased accu­ra­cy and lethal­i­ty out to 1,700 meters, a dis­tance cur­rent­ly gapped in the oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties of warfight­ers.

“By employ­ing the larg­er .338 NM round, the LWMMG deliv­ers twice the range and dra­mat­i­cal­ly increas­es lethal­i­ty above the 7.62 round,” said Elgin. “In addi­tion, the LWMMG goes beyond pro­vid­ing sup­pres­sive fire and gives warfight­ers the abil­i­ty to attack point tar­gets at sig­nif­i­cant­ly extend­ed ranges.”

The LWMMG has a fir­ing rate of 500 rounds per minute, a max­i­mum range of 5,642 meters, and is equipped with quick-change bar­rel tech­nol­o­gy. In addi­tion to use by dis­mount­ed infantry and on ground vehi­cles, the weapon can be used as the arma­ment sys­tem aboard heli­copters and lit­toral craft, pro­vid­ing greater range and effec­tive­ness for those plat­forms.

“The LWMMG is a well-designed machine gun ide­al­ly suit­ed to pro­vide long-range lethal­i­ty to U.S. and allied forces,” Elgin said.

For more infor­ma­tion regard­ing the LWMMG, vis­it the Gen­er­al Dynam­ics exhib­it at the Joint Arma­ments Con­fer­ence (booth 204, Exhib­it Hall, Wash­ing­ton State Con­ven­tion Cen­ter) or vis­it

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