Thursday, February 28, 2013

Troops In Afghanistan Carry Real Life Warmachine Heavy Bolters

Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center initiated an Immediate-Action prototyping effort in support of Soldiers in Operation Enduring Freedom. Dubbed 'Ironman', the result is the High-Capacity Ammunition Carriage System which enables a machine gunner to carry and fire up to 500 rounds of linked ammunition from a rucksack-like carrier.

The initial 'Ironman' concept was field-crafted in OEF by a Soldier who used obsolete load carriage frames and harnesses, spare parts, and readily available dunnage held together by bungee cords and nylon zip ties.

Special Forces end user if they could create a COTs (Commercial Off the Shelf) piece of kit that would enable the operator to carry 500+ rounds of 7.62.  This concept has been done in some basic versions (old Alice pack from and an ammo can strapped on – i.e. Jesse Ventura, Predator) but soldiers  wanted a modern, reliable, lightweight version that really ran, so it got made.

To date, approximately 100 of the Ironman prototypes have been sent to Afghanistan for use with the M240B machine gun.

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