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Table of Contents
                            THE NEXT GENERATION
THE LESSONS OF AFGHANISTAN
THE RANGE PROBLEM
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BRITISH 5.56mm GUNS AND EFFECTIVE RANGES
PROBLEMS WITH 5.56mm AMMUNITION
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Slide Number 8
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INCREASED USE OF 7.62mm WEAPONS
DO WE NEED A NEW CARTRIDGE?
DO WE NEED A NEW CARTRIDGE?
WHAT DO WE NEED SMALL ARMS TO ACHIEVE?
AMMUNITION OPTIONS
AMMUNITION OPTIONS ASSESSED
RECOIL OF 5.56mm, 6.8mm, 7.62mm
AMMUNITION OPTIONS ASSESSED
AMMUNITION OPTIONS HISTORY
BULLET ENERGY LOSS (ft/ lbs) WITH RANGE
CURRENT RIFLE ROUNDS & BULLETS
AMMUNITION CHARACTERISTICS
SOME POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR A GENERAL PURPOSE CARTRIDGE
CURRENT AND POSSIBLE FUTURE ROUNDS
ADVANCED AMMUNITION CONCEPTS
OBJECTIONS TO A NEW CARTRIDGE
RESPONSES TO OBJECTIONS
PROPOSAL
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Document Text Contents
Page 1

THE NEXT GENERATION
The case for a new NATO rifle

and machine gun cartridge

ANTHONY G WILLIAMS
Independent Ammunition Consultant

NDIA Joint Armaments Conference May 2010

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THE LESSONS OF AFGHANISTAN

Characteristics:

• Precise targeting required with limited effects

• Collateral damage must be minimised

• Focus on infantry and their weapons

Key ammunition question:

Are the 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm cartridges optimal
for the next generation of small arms?

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AMMUNITION OPTIONS

1. Retain the 5.56 and 7.62, but introduce an improved 5.56
loading

2. Return to using the 7.62, with an improved loading

3. Replace the 5.56 with a more effective short to medium
range cartridge, retaining the 7.62 in DMRs and LMGs

4. Replace both existing rounds with a new intermediate
cartridge with good long-range performance

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AMMUNITION OPTIONS ASSESSED

1. 5.56mm too small; improvements use open-point bullets

2. 7.62mm inefficient; too much weight and recoil

3. 6.8mm Rem replaces 5.56mm, but can’t replace 7.62mm

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PROPOSAL

Small-scale research & development project to:

1. Determine the optimum calibre and ballistics

2. Produce conventional options for thorough testing

3. Provide input to LSAT and other advanced technologies

4. Provide a conventional back-up in case it’s required

Very low costs and risk, but high potential benefits

Let’s get it right next time!

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Anthony G Williams

Independent Ammunition Consultant

http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/

[email protected]

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