7.62mm Minimi LMG for UK

#1
(hat tip : Think Defence)
Its official, UK MoD buying 7.62mm Minimi LMG - but only 176 + 250 options. Deliveries to start from 2012.


Overall weapon length with extended butt 1,000m (39.37")
Overall weapon length with retracted butt 865mm (34.04")

Weapon weight - 8.4 kg (18.51 lb)
Barrel length - 502mm (19.76")
Cyclic rate of fire - 680 to 800 RPM
Maximum effective range - 1,000m


FN Herstal press release
FN MINIMI™ 7.62 Machine Gun Selected by British Military
08 June 2011

FN Herstal has recently been awarded a new contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the supply of up to 176 MINIMI™ 7.62 light machine guns by the end of 2011.

The contract also includes optional quantities of a further 250 MINIMI 7.62 machine guns to be delivered annually over a three-year period from 2012 to 2014 should these options be exercised.

The MoD selected the machine gun manufactured by the Belgian firearms manufacturer following several months of functional testing under various environmental conditions.

The MINIMI 7.62 is lightweight (8.4kg) and can therefore be carried over rough ground and fired from standing position while providing the range and target effect of the 7.62 ammunition. The model chosen by the MoD also features a sliding buttstock for easier carriage that incorporates a hydraulic buffer for stabilised rate of fire and reduced recoil forces.

The MINIMI 7.62 machine gun offers similar ergonomics and maneuverability as the MINIMI 5.56 machine gun chambered in 5.56mmx45mm NATO calibre. The MINIMI 5.56 has already been in service in their thousands with the British Armed Forces since 2003.

Belgium-based FN Herstal is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of small calibre weapons, integrated weapon systems and associated ammunition for military and law enforcement as well as special forces operators worldwide.
gmpg, caliber flame war on!
 
#2
Be interesting to see an Infanteer's take on the upsizing of the calibre.
 
#4
An order of such small amount means it's prob going to something like sfsg/sf/etc which is a real shame, nearly everyone I know has been saying the weapon should be 7.62mm for yonks, the extra punch and the simplicity of ammo resup/carriage by the sections make it a no-brainer. Would be interesting to see if the army start slowly upscaling the quantities of sharpshooter as well (unlikely tbf) as that is first choice over sa80 by all at work. The post-tour procurement discussion has started at work and the 5.56mm/7.62mm is one of the big topics to be spoken about, interestingly brought up by the ones asking the questions not the blokes.
 
#5
Majormi is just not quite a General.
 

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#6
the septics have had them for a while as the m248 if memory is correct and it seems to work. wether it has the same lifespan only time will tell.

Now the minimi can fire standard mags but I bet they didnt do the job properly and make it so you can use slr mags in it.
 
#7
the septics have had them for a while as the m248 if memory is correct and it seems to work. wether it has the same lifespan only time will tell.

Now the minimi can fire standard mags but I bet they didnt do the job properly and make it so you can use slr mags in it.
Flaw in that plan though, no one else in the section uses SLR to supply mags...... 7.62 LMG mag anyone?
 
#10
the septics have had them for a while as the m248 if memory is correct and it seems to work. wether it has the same lifespan only time will tell.
its mk48

prone
[video=youtube;lgmBR32Ono0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgmBR32Ono0[/video]

standing
[video=youtube;or3EAiJomjw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or3EAiJomjw&NR[/video]
 
#12
And they don't use it as a chance to mag to grid that gopping stock. Shame.
We have tried, trust me. We in the PT need the users to get on to the powers that be to change it, they hold the purse strings (very tightly at the moment).
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
Flaw in that plan though, no one else in the section uses SLR to supply mags...... 7.62 LMG mag anyone?
ah but there has to a mention of the slr in at least one in 4 threads or the oldies get antsy.

the yanks issue both variants with the fixed old skool stock so why dont we?
 
#19
Unless my eyes decieve me, is that one of THEM carrying the standard infantry rifle? (far left)
 

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