posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 02:30 PM
ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL COMBAT WEAPON (AICW)
"Metal Storm recently announced details of funding for the AICW from the Australian Defence Force, under a Defence Capability and Technology
Demonstration (CTD) Program. The CTD proposal initiated by Weapons Systems Division, Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) plans to integrate
the Metal Storm concept with the Individual Combat Weapon and a range of other technologies to fire 20/40mm bursting munitions in addition to NATO
standard 5.56mm KE rounds.
The weapon will combine the fire power of two barrels, with the bottom barrel planned as an upgraded version of the current STEYR AUG Assault Rifle,
firing standard 5.56mm NATO ammunition. The top barrel will add advanced capabilities to the weapon, being capable of firing different types of
projectiles, ranging from potentially 20/40mm air bursting projectiles, to less-than-lethal projectiles. This barrel will incorporate Metal Storm's
electronic ballistic technology, with the projectiles stacked in-line directly in the barrel.
The weapon is also planned to incorporate advanced day/night sighting and laser targeting systems, and a video link to a helmet mounted display. With
one mechanical barrel and one Metal Storm 'stacked' barrel, this hybrid weapon will provide a range of new capabilities, including the ability to
engage targets, which may be hidden from direct line of sight.
The AICW is being developed under a three-year research and development program undertaken by (DSTO), in collaboration with Metal Storm and other
consortium members and will produce three fully operational AICW prototypes for further military testing.
The A$3.2m program adds to the existing research and development programs examining the possible use of Metal Storm for defence applications."