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British Army to drop light machine gun

13th March 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by Alice Budge in London


The British Army is expected to move ahead with plans to remove the Light Machine Gun (LMG) from its dismounted infantry platoons.

While the decision is awaiting ratification, a review into use of the belt-fed 5.56mm FN Herstal Minimi found that the weapon was ‘ineffective’ and ‘burdensome’, according to Lt Col Nick Serle, commanding officer, infantry trials and development unit of the British Army.

‘We have decided to remove the LMG,’ Serle said at the Future Soldier Technology 2018 conference in London.

‘We wanted to reduce the burden on the soldier. We don’t want the soldier carrying loads of ammunition

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