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CT Weapons

Cased Telescoped Small Arms Technology

CT Weapons

Overview

Textron Systems' cased-telescoped (CT) weapons and ammunition systems deliver improved maneuverability and performance at 40% less weight than currently fielded systems.

Our CT weapons and ammunition systems are offered in a 5.56 mm CT light machine gun (LMG), a 7.62 mm CT medium machine gun (MMG) and a 6.5 mm CT carbine. Numerous military assessments and technical evaluations have validated system maturity, performance and weight reduction benefits.

The next generation of CT weapons and ammunition continue to provide weight-saving benefits but substantially increase lethality, providing warfighters improved performance without compromising maneuverability. When it comes to equipping the warfighter – less is definitely more.

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    Polymer CT Ammunition
    5.56 MM CT
    6.5 MM CT CARBINE SYSTEM
    7.62 MM CT MMG SYSTEM
Polymer CT Ammunition
5.56 MM CT
6.5 MM CT CARBINE SYSTEM
7.62 MM CT MMG SYSTEM

Polymer CT Ammunition

NOVEL AMMUNITION THAT IS 37% LIGHTER THAN CONVENTIONAL BRASS

Textron Systems' CT ammunition uses a novel ammunition design, in which the projectile is seated within a cylindrical case. The CT design allows for up to 37% weight savings, compared to equivalent-performing brass cartridges.

Gross Weight

The CT LMG weighs 9.5 lbs, but offers machine gun capability. With a total system loadout, the system weight is decreased by up to 40%, allowing for increased maneuverability or more ammunition in loadout.

5.56 MM CT

PROVIDING LIGHT MACHINE GUN PERFORMANCE AT A FRACTION OF THE WEIGHT

The CT LMG is a belt-fed, open-bolt machine gun, operating using a long-stroke soft recoil operating system. Our system offers the same down-range performance of the M249, but at a fraction of the weight. The current M249 weapon with 1,000 rounds weighs a combined 48.9 lbs. Textron Systems' CT LMG system reduces total system weight to 28.5 lbs – a 40% reduction – and reduces system volume by 12%, while maintaining lethality.

Gross Weight

The CT LMG weighs 9.5 lbs, but offers machine gun capability. With a total system loadout, the system weight is decreased by up to 40%, allowing for increased maneuverability or more ammunition in loadout.

Proven TRL 7 Maturity

The CT LMG has been tested and refined to technology readiness level (TRL) 7 maturity, being evaluated for all reliability, environmental, handling, and transportation requirements. Multiple military user evaluations have been conducted, with 100% of soldiers preferring the CT LMG over their M249 systems.

 

6.5 MM CT CARBINE SYSTEM

REDUCES SOLDIER LOAD AND INCREASES LETHALITY

The 6.5mm carbine is a closed-bolt, forward-feed, gas piston-operated weapon, weighing 8.3 lbs. Textron Systems' 6.5 mm CT ammunition weighs 35% less and offers 30% more lethality than 7.62mm x 51mm brass ammunition. Carrying eight magazines, our CT carbine system is 3 lbs lighter than comparable 7.62 mm rifle systems.

Gross Weight

Decreases system weight by up to 40% without reducing lethality.

7.62 MM CT MMG SYSTEM

PROVIDES A 27-LB WEIGHT REDUCTION

The current M240L weapon and 800 rounds weighs a combined 72.4 lbs. Textron Systems' 7.62 CT MMG system reduces total system weight to 45.3 lbs – a 37% reduction – and reduces system volume by 12%. The CT MMG can also be converted to 6.5 mm CT ammunition – providing 30% more lethality when compared to the 7.62 mm cartridge.

Specifications

  • CT ammunition is easily configurable in multiple calibers including 5.56 mm, 6.5 mm and 7.62 mm, while maintaining or improving lethality
  • Improved maneuverability and accuracy reduces engagement times and increases first-round hit percentages
  • Decreases system weight by up to 40% without reducing lethality
  • CT weapons can integrate fire control units, trigger interrupts and intelligent rails
  • Proven to reduce training and maintenance time and increase weapon reliability

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