vic wrote:Colt is slowly releasing public info about multi caliber weapon CM 901. I think that DRDO is working on the same concept and that is what the army may be wanting in its RFP
DefenseReview.com Exclusive on the Colt Modular Carbine (CMC) CM901 Multi-Caliber Rifle
Now Colt has introduced their solution with the CM901 Colt Modular Carbine and DefenseReview.com was lucky enough to get an exclusive look at this new rifle.
“Modular” and “multi-caliber” are actually understatements, since the CM901 is, hands, down, the most versatile battle rifle/assault rifle we’ve ever seen in both respects. The heart of this versatility lies in the combination of the patent-pending AR (AR-10/AR-15)-format “universal” multi-caliber lower receiver and conversion system and Colt Defense’s various AR operating systems and uppers, which allows the end-user to configure the gun in so many mission-specific ways, it’s almost mind-boggling. The CM901 provides a truly sumptuous feast of versatility with regard to configuration options.
2) The CM901 multi-caliber battle carbine can be configured in any/every caliber between 7.62×51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win. and 5.56×45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem., including 6.8 SPC (6.8×43mm SPC) and 6.5 Grendel, depending on what U.S. military end-users require. To switch from 7.62mm to 5.56mm, just push out the two receiver pins, take the 7.62×51mm upper module off, slap the 5.56mm upper module on, push the two receiver pins back in, and you’re good to go.
3) The CM901 universal lower receiver will accept any/all legacy MILSPEC 5.56mm NATO AR rifle/carbine/SBR upper receivers already in the U.S. military inventory, including the, Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine 14.5″ AR carbine , M4 Commando 11.5″ AR SBR, MK18/CQBR (Close Quarters Battle Receiver) 10.3″ AR SBR, and M16A3/A4 20″ DGI rifle uppers. The CM901 lower will also accept the Colt LE6940 16″ monolithic upper and Colt LE6920 16″ M4/M4A1 Carbine-type uppers. Thus, 5.56mm barrel length is determined by whatever AR upper you want to use.
5) The CM901 sports fully ambidextrous controls a.k.a. “full ambi controls”, including ambidextrous safety/selector switch, bolt catch hold-open/release lever, and magazine release button.
Maybe someone in IA read this post and had a Eureka moment...... just saying...
Someone really needs to spank the decision making brass in IA, they seem to be Indiaphobic when it comes to procurements. First it was Arjun (too heavy), then Tank-Ex (we did not ask you to make it as we want to import tin cans) and now INSAS. Pump money into R&D and infrastructure and then throw it away as some cannot project their exact future needs soon enough.
I think IA should tell what all it needs with exact specifications (without making drastic spec changes till the Mk1 goes into production) atleast 10 years before they expect to induct the system.
IA also needs to understand that going from Mk1 to 2 to 3 is generally a much better choice than going from Mk1 to Mk1 of another product.