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CIS 50 HMG.jpg
The CIS 50MG on display during Singapore Army open house 2007.
Type Heavy machine gun
Place of origin Singapore
Service history
In service 1991–present[1]
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS, now ST Kinetics)[1][2]
Designed Mid-1980s[1]
Manufacturer • CIS: 1988–2000[1]
• ST Kinetics: 2000–present[1]
Produced 1988–present[1]
Weight 30 kg (66.14 lb) (complete gun assembly w/o feed chute and tripod adaptor)[1][3]
Length 1,778 mm (70.0 in) with stock[1]
Barrel length 1,143 mm (45.0 in)[1]
Width 190 mm (7.5 in)[3]

Cartridge 12.7×99mm NATO[3]
Barrels Single barrel (progressive RH parabolic twist, 8 grooves)[1]
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt[1]
Rate of fire 400–600 rounds/min[1]
Muzzle velocity 890 m/s (2,920 ft/s)[1]
Feed system Single sprocket Belt-fed with dual-feed chutes[1]
Sights Folding leaf sight[1]

The CIS 50MG is a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed heavy machine gun developed and manufactured by Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS, now ST Kinetics) in the late 1980s, in response to a request by the Singaporean Defence Ministry to replace the 12.7mm Browning M2HB machine guns then in ubiquitous service with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).[2][4]

The aim was to have a brand new heavy machine gun design, that fires the same type of .50 cal rounds as the M2HB machine guns and to have the gun parts more readily available in view of easing SAF's chain of logistics and supplies.[1]


Close in defence aboard RSS Resilience

The CIS engineers learnt from the lesson of the canceled (lack of funding) American "Dover Devil GPHMG" program known as the Special Projects Group at Picatinny Arsenal led by Charles J. Rhoades. Curt Johnson and Phil Baker developed the original concept to create a modular weapon suited for modern tactical doctrines and production techniques. [3] In 1988, CIS introduced the new 12.7mm machine gun which was aptly named as the CIS 50MG, after two years of development and testing phase.[2]

As the CIS 50MG is a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed weapon, the gun is operated using dual gas pistons, located in two gas tubes placed on either side of the barrel. The barrel is locked by means of a rotary bolt with multiple radial lugs that engages the barrel extension, eliminating the need for headspace adjustments. The CIS 50MG utilises the same "constant recoil" system used in the Ultimax 100 and it also has a quick-detachable barrel equipped with a carrying handle to facilitate the ease of barrel changing under combat situations or during operational manoeuvres.[2]


The one unique feature of the CIS 50MG is its dual belt-feed system, the system allows for fast and easy switching of ammunition from standard ball rounds to the Raufoss Mk 211 Armor-Piercing-Incendiary rounds or the Saboted light armor penetrator (SLAP), which are capable of penetrating a rolled homogeneous armour plate with a thickness of 25 mm (0.98 in) from a range of 1 km (0.62 mi).[2][3]

Such systems are more commonly used in modern automatic cannons such as the M242 Bushmaster 25mm cannon and the Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm cannon, both of which are also in use by the Singapore Army's Bionix AFVs.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Richard J, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "50MG Product Brochure" (PDF). ST Engineering. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Andrew C, 1989.
  4. ^ "Maximum Firepower: The Machine Guns of the SAF". Singaporean Defence Ministry. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2010. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Un repaso a las armas ligeras de Pindad" (in Spanish). ARMAS. Archived from the original on 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
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  7. ^ Muhammad Juffry, Bin Joihani (Jul–Aug 2009). "PCG upgrades with new fleet and training centre". Police Life Monthly. Singapore: Singapore Police Force. 35 (7). ISSN 0217-8699. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 

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