No chance that UK forces would get it in it's current format:
1) It wasn't made by BAE
2) It's American
3) It won't be sub-contracted to BAE
4) No current MOD purchaser would buy it for fear of taking money from the paymasters!
On the plus side I like the look of the grenade round, and by god the rate of fire goes some.
Good bit of kit, but we will never get them.
BAE might spend 40 million pounds developing something that resembles it, will be in service long after the ruskies have nuked 90% of the world's surface, and even then......it won't work
"A 21st century weapon" ?
Hardly, as the bloke said it was designed over thirty years back & has only been smoothed out.
Max Atchisson designed many interesting odds & ends in the sixties & seventies, and his first attempt at this looked like he'd started with a box of bits & worked from there. A Thompson pistol grip, BAR trigger group and M16A1 stock & handguards, I suppose it made some room in his shed.
In it's present envelope it was on sale in the 80's but never got far as there were patent & manufacturing (dosh) problems.
A few years later the first USAS-12's were produced out in Korea - but made mirror imaged !
With a loaded weight of over 11 lbs (8 rd box mag) and an effective range of less than 100 yds I'd be happier with the L85 in nearly every scenario. The drum mags are cumbersome, and they only held 20 rds - imagine the size of the 32 rd mags. How many pouches could you fit on your belt order ?
The ammo is more interesting, but as it can be fired from any other Cyl bored SG, the launch system is immaterial.
An interesting wpn, but for extremely specialised use.
Jerry Baber said:
There's no way that anybody within 200 yards can face this weapon and survive it. It's just destroying everything in it's path.