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U.S. Military reveals plans to purchase extra latest 40mm grenade launchers

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The U.S. Military Contracting Command intends to extend the utmost purchases portions of the latest 40mm grenade launchers, in line with a Friday Federal Enterprise Alternatives discover.

The U.S. Military in help of the Undertaking Supervisor Soldier Lethality is searching for trade sources to fullfill the requirement for the 40mm Grenade Launchers, embody the M320A1.

The service has a requirement for the 40mm M320 and 40mm M320A1 Grenade Launchers (GLs). Every variance of the GL consists of a 40mm, single shot, grenade launcher that may ship aimed hearth to space targets at a distance of as much as 350 meters. It’s able to being utilized in each stand-alone and M4 mounted configurations.

“The M320 GL shall be bought in both or each of two (2) variations on the Authorities’s discretion: M320A1 GL with M4A1 mounting {hardware} or M320 GL with M16 mounting {hardware},” the Nov. 1 discover stated. “The particular GL variations to be acquired shall be set forth in every awarded supply order.”

M320 Grenade Launcher is the U.S. navy’s designation for a brand new single-shot 40mm grenade launcher system to interchange the M203 for the U.S. Military, whereas different providers will maintain utilizing the older M203. The M320 makes use of the identical Excessive-Low Propulsion System because the M203.

The M320 mannequin weighs 5 kilos, two greater than the mannequin it’s changing. The extra weight comes from the M320’s way more sturdy barrel, which is supposed to offer the weapon an extended lifespan. Rounds fired by means of a lighter barrel can deteriorate accuracy a lot shortly they’d deteriorate the accuracy of a heavier one.

The M320 has three main elements: a grenade launcher with a rifled barrel, Day/Evening Sight (DNS) produced by Perception Know-how, Inc and a handheld Laser Vary Finder (LRF).

The M320 can be utilized as a weapon itself or hooked up to a carbine rifle. The heavier barrel causes the weapon to have an extended lifespan as a result of the extra rounds fired by means of a lighter barrel can deteriorate accuracy a lot faster than a thicker one.

Picture by Pfc. Laurie Ellen Schubert