Advanced Individual Combat Weapon

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Advanced Infantry Combat Weapon
Type Bullpup assault rifle/Grenade Launcher multi-weapon
Place of origin Australia
Production history
Designer Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Metal Storm
Tenix Defence Systems
Specifications
Weight 6.48 kg (Unloaded)
7.85 kg (AR loaded)
9.9 kg (Fully loaded) [1]
Length 738 mm (29.1 in) [1]
Barrel length 508 mm (20.0 in)

Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO [1]
Action
Rate of fire 650 rpm
Muzzle velocity
  • 950 m/s (3,100 ft/s) (Rifle Section)
  • 95 m/s (310 ft/s) (Grenade Launcher)[2]
Effective firing range 500 m (550 yd)
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine[1]
3-round preloaded barrel (grenades)[2]
Sights Multi-purpose electro-optical sighting system[1] with laser sight[2]

The Advanced Infantry Combat Weapon (AICW) was a prototype assault rifle developed in Australia. The AICW combined a standard 5.56 mm assault rifle based on the successful Steyr AUG with a superposed load grenade launcher developed by Metal Storm.

History[edit]

The AICW was developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in alliance with Metal Storm and Tenix Defence Systems, receiving funding primarily through the Australian Government's Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) program.

The AICW aimed to provide the infantry soldier with the ability to fire multiple grenades without having to reload, and to switch between 5.56 mm ballistic rounds and 40 mm grenades without changing sights, trigger or stance, giving the operator more versatility and reduced reaction times in combat.

AICW, with its stacked round grenade launcher, did not require conventional mechanical loading. This made the weapon more compact and potentially far lighter, though this potential does not appear to have transferred to reality.

Development of the weapon ceased following the successful demonstration of the technology and the completion of the CTD program.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "AICW - Advanced Infantry Combat Weapon (Australia)". Modern Firearms. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Metal Storm Successfully Tests Advanced Individual Combat Weapon". spacewar.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 

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