Pentagon's new top gun
by ANDREW WHITE | June 22, 2001 | Page 2
WASHINGTON--The Pentagon has a new dream weapon.
Alliant Techsystems Integrated Defense is building the U.S. military's new infantry rifle--which it brags will be 500 times more lethal than the old-fashioned M-16.
Dubbed the "Objective Individual Combat Weapon," the new gun will have a lightweight, ergonomic design--and two barrels, one of which will fire 20 mm shells.
This will give it a firepower once limited to helicopter gunships and armored personal carriers.
According to Alliant, the weapon will have an effective range of about two-thirds of a mile.
Advanced sighting systems will see through walls and other objects, and the 20 mm shells will blast through them--making Alliant's selling pitch "No place to hide" horribly appropriate.
The Army won't get its new gun until 2009, but when it does, it will have to spend an estimated $15,000 apiece--plus $25 for every high-explosive bullet.
Pentagon officials hope the weapon will "revolutionize" modern warfare--in other words, making it easier to force other countries to submit.
The military's corporate developers can certainly pat themselves on the back for a barbaric job well done.