GUN I didn't think Steyr's could get any uglier

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO + 40mm
    Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt + Metal Storm patented stacked-projectile caseless
    Overall length: 738 mm
    Barrel length: n/a
    Weigth: 6.48 kg unloaded, w/o sight; 7.85 kg loaded w/o sight (30 5.56mm + 3 40mm rounds); 9.9-9.9 kg loaded w. electronic sight
    Rate of fire: 650 rounds per minute (for 5.56mm barrel)
    Capacity: 30 rounds (5.56mm) magazine plus 3 40mm rounds in the G/L barrel

    The AICW (Advanced Infantry Combat Weapon) is a joint development of the Australian DSTO (Government operated Defence Science and Technology Organisation), and private companies Metal Storm and Tenix Defence. This development has been carried out since the turn of 21st century, closely following the concept of the American XM29 OICW system. Overall, AICW represents the modular weapon system that combines the 5.56mm rifle/carbine copmponent as a host (basic) platform with 40mm multi-shot grenade launcher (G/L) module and multi-purpose electro-optical sighting system, which can be used to fire either rifle or G/L component, and also can provide recon data to external "consumers" such as tactical computers.
    The host rifle component of the AICW is the updated Australian-made F88 rifle, which is a license-built Steyr AUG. However, the basic F88 rifle has been extensively modified to accept other elements of the system - for example, receiver has been upgraded to receive the G/L module at the top, and the buttstock has been enlarged to accomodate G/L electronic fire contol module. Other changes include modification to the safety and trigger arrangements - AICW system has a single trigger for both weapon components (5.56 and 40mm), and a three position (safe - rifle - G/L) safety/selector switch at the side of the pistol grip.

    The most interesting part of the AICW weapon is the multi-shot Metal Storm 40mm grenade launcher, which looks like a single 40mm G/L barrel but contains three 40mm projectiles stacked one behind the another. These projectiles are launched using the electric ignition impulses, provided by the fire control module built into the buttstock of the host rifle. Since the muzzle velocity of these projectiles is slightly more than usual for 40mm handheld G/L (95m/s instead of 75m/s), host rifle incorporates the recoil reduction buffer, that allows the Metal Storm G/L barrel to recoil against the spring, decreasing the peak recoil impulse.

    The top of the receiver hosts the multi-role sights of various type and make. At the AICW VX3 live fire demonstartions that took place in the summer of 2005, AICW prototypes were displayed with ITL Viper multi-purpose rifle sight (that incorporates laser range-finder and digital compas), or with Vinghog Vingsight Fire Control System. At the present time (late 2005) AICW prototypes have not yet fired 40mm grenades with live warheads, nor incorporated an airburst facility. However, it is stated that it is possible to easily adapt most of the existing 40mm grenade warheads to the Metal Storm technology, including air-bursting grenades that are now in development in several countries.

    At the present time AICW weapons are available only as the "3rd generation technology demonstartors", that completed first live-fire trials (as a complete system) in the summer of 2005. Current Australian MOD plans state that ADF may start to purchase AICW systems in around 2010-2012.
     
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    KIDRR Duck dog>* OT Supporter

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    It looks like a big heavy brick with a short little barrel
     
  3. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    :werd: If I had to carry around a 22lbs rifle I want something bigger then 5.56.
     
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    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    OICW v.2?

    Oh wait - it looks like some major new variant of that bullpup rifle the Chinese developed about 10 years ago ... QBZ-97.

    (Silly me for not reading the text of the article)
     
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  5. Grouch

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    i might work really well (or it might not) but it looks stupid.
     
  6. H. Birdman

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    atleast metalstorm is aussie :bowdown:
     
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    wow. that is pretty ugly.
     
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    I think the 22lbs includes a grenade launcher and 3 rounds.
     
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    that looks nasty.
     
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    Hideous.
     
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    Looks like an AUG and an F2000 made a baby near Chernobyl :ugh:
     
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    It looks like a cobbled together weapon for a low low low budget sci-fi movie. :ugh2:
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    So the metal storm launches all three at once? or one at a time? I missed that on FutureWeapons.. I just caught that it was an electronic ignition.
     
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    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    Every metalstorm concept/prototype I've read about can fire the superimposed projectiles individually (in sequence, of course). Because of the electronic ignition, it is theoretically possible to fire them at a rate much faster than conventional firearms beccause there is no reloading cycle. Barrels seem to function as semi-disposable magazines for the concept.
     

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