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OICW concept was put on haitus if I remember correctly... too expensive
Initial fielding of the XM29 is currently scheduled for GFY08. The XM29 program has implemented a block upgrade or "evolutionary" approach to fielding the weapon system. This encompasses an "initial fielding" of a "Block 1" system, which is designed to enable insertion of future technology enhancements. This approach will expedite completion and qualification of the initial Block 1 design, while preplanning future upgrades, such as advances in sensors and electronics technologies, MEMS fuze elements, advanced composites and materials, fuel cells, Nano technologies, ceramic gun barrels, wireless connectors, and future digital technology. These enhancements will help further reduce system weight, increase lethality, improve ruggedness, and increase system reliability and effectiveness beyond the Block 1 design. The XM29 project schedule is aligned so the First Unit Equipped (FUE) supports the fielding of the Future Combat System (FCS). This positions the Block 1 XM29 FUE in GFY08.
The OICW will not replace all of the M16s/M4s.
The current U.S. Army Basis of Issue (BOI) is 4 OICW weapon systems per 9-man squad.
Listen the guy in the XM-29 is going to kill you before you get the chance to get him with your M-14
Originally posted by WestPoint23
KyleChemist seems to me that you are stuck it the old way of thinking like the people who thought radar was a piece of junk that wouldn't work. Or the people that thought supersonic jets would not be possible or effective, the list goes on and on.
Plus the XM-29 is just as susceptible to clogging up as any other weapon in the world just because it places more emphasis on technology doesn't mean its more vulnerable to jam.