Skip to comments.New precision targeting on historic .50-cal machine gun can hit enemy drones.
Posted on 01/09/2019 11:41:56 AM PST by carriage_hill
The Army is revving up development and delivery of advanced targeting technology for its .50-cal machine gun to increase precision, widen the mission envelope and destroy challenging targets such as enemy drones, low-flying aircraft, light-skinned armored vehicles and troop concentrations.
Senior Army officials say the services Rapid Equipping Force has been fast-tracking improved "slue-to-cue" technology, new sensors and emerging radar-based targeting technology to give the .50-Cal more precision accuracy.
In service for decades, the .50-Cal has naturally been thought of as largely an area weapon able to lay down suppressive fire, enabling troops to maneuver by blanketing enemy targets with rounds. The weapon of course still has this function, yet technical efforts are underway to make .50-Cal targeting more precise, such that it could shoot down swarms of quadcopters or other commercially avail mini-drones configured for attack.
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Poor suckers downrange might get clobbered—enemy or friendly.
Not for the snipers who use the Barrett M82.
I remember our boy Chuck Schumer referring to .50 caliber BMG rounds as “bullets the size of bananas!!!”
Hornady amax bullet. Extremely high ballistic coefficient.
That's why this magazine is called a banana clip.
What about a pointed stick?
Firing a half-million rounds a minute, just like an AR-15.
I forget where I heard this:
Down range, a .50cal BMG will rip the skin right off your face if it passes with 12-15” of your head.
Anyone know if that’s true?
A 50 cal heavy machine gun with auto laser aiming mechanism. Thats a scary thought. Mounted in the back of a plckup truck that is one hell of a mobile weapon I hope I never run into on the wrong end.
there is a version I saw which is being used for sniping - took out some jihadi commander reviewing troops at a mile (I think) cut him in half. Forgot were I saw that but might have been on the war zone.
Probably similar or identical to the technology here:
If so, I almost feel sorry for the people on the downrange side of that.
Maybe if you're that close to the muzzle. But otherwise, no.
Lots of time behind the M2 .50 cal. It is one of the best weapons ever developed and so much fun to fire while being one of the easiest weapons to disassemble and clean. The only problem were idiots who would forget head space and timing.
Mythbusters covered claims of this sort once, but they’re SJW’s, so here’s a link to demolition ranch covering this topic:
Sounds like they’re talking about a scaled down C-RAM.
Kris Osborn needs a clue.
Carlos Hathcock used to snipe with a 50 cal machine gun back in 'Nam. Ma Duce is quite versatile.
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