Apparently the LSAT program gets us the CT LMG
, which is 8.3 pounds lighter than a normal SAW, though the ammunition isn't compatible with M-16s. (Maybe NATO needs new rifle ammo...)
Good to see it still chugging along without any apparent hiccups. And it's actually proven to be more accurate? Hmmm, neat. Unfortunately, that's just one frankengun using one caliber which may or may not even be kept in the near future. Sure, its nice to use for a comparison, but if there's any chance for the US military to break away from using 5.56 NATO, then this would be it. And really, in this day and age, I won't consider it anywhere near a success until we have multiple different guns in multiple different calibers using that style of casing. Remember how the G11's cancelation basically spelled the end of caseless ammo?
I also find it funny in games depicting the near future, where the CT LMG (aka LSAT SAW) is in fact the "standard" US Army LMG, and yet the technology is used no place else at all
. Like in Black Ops 2, where there is only
the LMG LSAT, and the only
Metal Storm weapon is a sniper rifle, etc. Or in Advanced Warfare, where the only
3d printer weapon is an Assault rifle. It's almost like they're just tossing in whatever guns they think would be cool, without considering the larger ramifications of the tech.
In fact, the only place I can think where the idea of the US military changing into a different ammo tech, without it just boiling down to one
gun out of a collection, is ARMA III
. And even then
, its just technically a LMG, and a modular rifle system that can be a carbine, rifle, sniper, and
So basically, LSAT's still got a ways to go.