The U.S. Army Thought This Rifle Was the Future (It Was a Mistake)

Matthew Moss
By Elvin Lazo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21166573
By Elvin Lazo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21166573

Matthew Moss

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The U.S. Army Thought This Rifle Was the Future (It Was a Mistake)

The effort wasn’t a total waste, however. The OICW inspired the M320 grenade launcher and the XM25 air-burst munitions system.

The U.S. Army’s Objective Individual Combat Weapon program launched in December 1993. The goal was to develop a new, ergonomic infantry weapon combining a rifle and grenade launcher and possessing superior hit probability at intermediate and long ranges — 500 and 1,000 meters, respectively.

The OICW had to be better than the existing M16A2 rifle with its attachable M203 grenade launcher.

The program combined elements of the Advanced Combat Rifle and Close Assault Weapon System programs from the late 1980s. Alongside the OICW, the Army hoped to also develop a new personal-defense weapon and a new general-purpose machine gun.

AAI competed with Heckler & Koch for the OICW contract.

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