Army, Marines Want to Replace M240 (REPORT)

Army, Marines Want to Replace M240 (REPORT)

( – Many important issues, like homeland security and national defense, haven’t received the attention they deserve in the wake of months-long social and political divisions. However, with the global economy in tatters and political unrest on the rise, it’s good to know American armed services continue modernization efforts to keep the US safe.

The US Army and Marines Corp plan to replace the M240 and M2 machine guns with advanced models using Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) technology. discussed replacements with attendees at the November 6 National Defense Industrial Association’s Armaments, Robotics, and Munitions conference.

David Oatley, an Army product director, told he expected next-generation systems to increase the capability of legacy systems like the M240 and M2 in the near future. Marine Corp official Christopher Woodburn said the end-goal was increased lethality “without impacting our mobility.” For instance, the .338 Norma Magnum machine gun has an effective range of 1,500 meters compared to 800 meters for the M240.

Decisions regarding potential replacements depend on current NGSW systems testing and a current Platoon Arms Ammunition Configuration study expected to be completed in early 2024.

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