Jul 11, 2011

M240L 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun (Light)

M240L and short barrels

The  M240B 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun is a variant of the M240 mounted on Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tank and has been reconfigured for ground applications with buttstock, bipod, iron sights, and forward rail assemblies.  It provides significantly improved reliability and more lethal medium support fire for ground units such as infantry, armor, field artillery, and combat engineers.  The M240B has a maximum effective range of 1,800 meters, a cyclic rate of fire of 650 rounds per minute, and a muzzle velocity of 2,800 feet per second.  The M240B has been fielded to units Army-wide and has become a critical weapon for units engaged in combat operations.

U.S. Army Spec. Ian Speed, of Second Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, carries an M240-B machine gun as he patrols a village outside Combat Outpost Sangar in Zabul province, Afghanistan, June 27, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Cabral/Released)

Efforts to reduce the weight has finally been achieved with the new M240L.  It reduces Soldier combat load by decreasing the weight of the M240B without compromising performance. This 7.62mm medium machine gun incorporates titanium construction and alternative manufacturing methods for fabricating major M240B components to achieve significant weight savings. These improvements reduce the Soldier’s combat load while allowing easier handling and movement of the weapon. The M240L short barrel variant is 21.8 pounds, 5.4 pounds lighter than the M240B. The M240L is the program-of-record solution to reducing the weight of the M240B. The M240L meets all of the reliability and operational characteristics of the M240B and has an effective range of 1,800 meters. It is rugged and reliable and has a minimum 50,000-round receiver life.

According to Defense Industry Daily (6/16/11), FN Manufacturing received a $28.1 million, firm-fixed-price contract for 3,053 units of the M240L variant for the U. S. Army, which comes out to about $9,204 per gun.

M240L Medium Machine Gun Specifications:
Caliber:  7.62 x 51mm NATO
Action:  Gas-operated, automatic fire
Weight:  22.3 lbs.
Length:  48.5 inches (44.5 inches with short barrel)
Maximum Effective Range:  1,800 meters (area target)
Muzzle velocity:  2,800 ft per second
Tracer burnout:  900 meters
Cyclic Rate of Fire:  550-650 rounds per minute

(Info, specs, and pics PeoSoldier)


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