|TADEN machine gun|
|Type||Light machine gun|
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Barrel length||623 mm|
|Calibre||.276 (7 mm)|
|Rate of fire||450 to 600 round/min|
|Feed system||Non-Disintegrating Metal-Link Belt|
The TADEN was a British experimental light machine gun firing the .280 in (7 mm) intermediate round. Alongside the bullpup EM-2 rifle design, it formed part of a proposal to reequip the British Army with new small arms which would use a round smaller than the .303 inch which was shown to be impractical for use in a modern assault rifle.
The Taden used the action and gas system of the Bren but would fire from 250-round non-disintegrating metal-link belts rather than box magazines. The light machinegun model used a buttstock and trigger group like the Bren and the medium machinegun model used spade grips and a butterfly trigger like the Vickers.
The TADEN and EM-2 projects were discontinued when the United States Army refused to consider the .280 cartridge for the new NATO standard on the basis that it was less powerful than their .30-06 Springfield round (and, as others have suggested, the reluctance to adopt a round developed outside the USA).
It was decided that the TADEN and EM-2 could not realistically be reworked to take the new NATO round and alternatives were sought. The British Army reequipped with licence-built variants of the Belgian 7.62 mm FN MAG and FN FAL respectively. A belt fed derivative of the Bren gun had been considered for the GPMG role, but although not selected the Bren was kept on after adaptation to use the NATO round.
Notes and references
- Hogg, Machine Guns, p.172: "Not Invented Here".
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