DL021 From United States of America, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 11433 posts, RR: 81 Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3241 times:
Quoting PADSpot (Reply 3): No they do use M-60s on their Chinooks. Don't know why, but they do.
Quoting GDB (Reply 4): PAD is right, they came with the aircraft.
Well....blow me down....I looked it up and you're right....
learn something new every day.
I don't remember seeing Pigs on the Lynx's I saw. I guess if they came with the Chinooks then so be it. I don't know why they'd use the Pig when there's anything else available....it's a good weapon...as long as it doesn't jam....I spent as much time unjamming that old bastard as I did shooting it. And it was clean and function tested.....hated it.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12708 posts, RR: 80 Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3228 times:
Door mounted guns were not usual on UK military choppers, save for some Wessex with GPMG's in the 1960's Indonesian confrontation.
Then in 1982, hastily fitted to RN Sea King HC.4's, as well as Army Scot and Gazelle choppers in the Falklands.
The Army Lynx was capable of operating a door mounted Minigun, but never did operationally, except perhaps until recently.
But it was the IRA's attempts to down helicopters in the 1980's with gunfire, that led to more widespread door gun fitments, of GPMG's
(They never got to use the SAM-7's Libya provided-with warning of this threat, all choppers and and any transport/VIP aircraft likely to be exposed, had IRCM fitted).
For operations in rural areas only though. (The very recently closed base at Bessbrook was for a long time, the worlds busiest heliport).
Such a move had long been resisted, but in the end, became a necessity.
(Thanks to Libyan supplied MAG's and Russian made 12.7mm MG's, prior to this, their only other MG's, save for perhaps the odd old Bren Gun, the 7 M-60's stolen from a US National Guard Armory in 1976, had by then, all been captured).
PADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3160 times:
Although it is a little strange it seems to be quite common that the gun is chosen because the mount is already available.
In 1993 Germany quickly needed door guns on their UH-1D for UNOSOM II, but time was to short to develop a custom-made mount for the MG-3. At the time the US Army in Germany still had UH-1 and so they just borrowed some mounts together with M-60s. The mount as they use it today is still the M-60s mount, but now it has a suspension to cope with the MG-3s much heavier recoil and a brass catcher.
In 2002 the same happened to the Navy as look for a door gun to cover boarding operations in operation EF. They chose the M3M. Not only because it's a great gun, but also because time was short again and there was an M3M mount available for the Lynx. Meanwhile the Army's CH-53GS also switched from MG-3s to M3Ms due to side and ramp mounts being available because the Marines are using the M3M on their Stallions too. I am curious about which gun they put on the NH-90.
PADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3126 times:
Quoting Tom12 (Reply 11): Whats the difference between a gMPG and an M60
They are two different machine guns. The GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) is a licensed produced Belgian MAG58 machine gun and in service with the British Army since the 60s. The M60 is a US made gun, designed in the 50s, which was never used in the British Army to a greater extent. In US service the M60 was largely replaced by a slightly altered and licensed product copy of the Belgian MAG58 called M240 and by a also licensed produced M249 Minimi on the infantry squad level. The M60 has got a relatively low rate of fire and is quite care intensive. The MAG also has quick change barrel which the M-60 has not. This is especially a problem in mounted applications. So yes, the GPMG is better as a helicopter door gun. With almost double the rate of fire it is also a lot easier to hit something from a moving helicopter.
PADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3111 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 13): You can do a quick change on the Pig's barrel. They even issue an asbestos glove (I swear to God....at least when I was in) so you can change the barrel. The FN's design for barrel change is bette
Oh yes, but that is just not a quick change barrel (QCB) A quick change barrel usually enables you to change the barrel without having to pull the gun back into cover. Further on QCBs can be changed without gloves (think of the lever on the MAG and the Minimi). I think there aren't any air-cooled machine guns where can't change the barrel at all.
Ok, I stand corrected. I read on several occasions that a quick change barrel must enable the gunner to change the barrel without tools and without leaving his position behind the gun (as most MGs are used on the ground, you would have pull the gun back into the trench or whatever you are hiding in, because otherwise you would had to expose yourself to enemy fire.
Quoting GDB (Reply 14): Somewhere, there is likely a US Foreign Military Sales reference, to the sale of M-60's and M134's, their mounts too, for the UK?
There are several databases online to get such data, but none of the tracks such small shipments of a weapons. Especially small arms deliveries are usually subsumed to one large position "Small arms and Ammunition" or similar.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12708 posts, RR: 80 Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2873 times:
Moving to the Royal Navy, look what this Lynx had fitted, pic was taken at the Yeovilton airshow recently, I wonder if the upgrade from 7.62mm to 12.7mm is a result of the 'Iran situation' earlier this year?