Army Eyes New Lightweight .50-Caliber Machine Gun

Spc. Dillon Weitzel, assigned to Apache Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, fires at targets in the open during an M2 .50 Caliber, Heavy Barrel, Flexible, Machine Gun range on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (Photo by Justin Connaher/U.S. Air Force)Spc. Dillon Weitzel, assigned to Apache Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, fires at targets in the open during an M2 .50 Caliber, Heavy Barrel, Flexible, Machine Gun range on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (Photo by Justin Connaher/U.S. Air Force)

The Army is creating a new, lightweight version of its iconic .50-cal machine gun designed to better enable soldiers to destroy enemies, protect convoys, mount weapons on vehicles, attack targets on the move and transport between missions.

The new weapon, designed to be 20-to-30 percent lighter than the existing M2, will be made of durable but lighter weight titanium, officials said.

The emerging lightweight .50-cal, described as still in its infancy stage, still needs to be built, riveted and tested.

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