-srin wrote:If I look at the different usecases, there is COIN, mechanized infantry, regular/plains infantry and mountain infantry.
And here are my hypothesis:
- For COIN, where you need a round to punch through body armour of insurgents but at close range, an AK203 would be ok.--AGREE
- For mechanized infantry, where the soldier can be resupplied from the IFV, and engagements could be at long ranges, a full power 7.62x51 round is needed. So, Sig 716 or alternatives. --I AGREE WITH YOU ON THE FACT THAT MECH CAN ALSO GO WITH 7.62 HOWEVER I DISAGREE WITH YOUR LOGIC AROUND RESUPPLY. THE INTERIOR OF A BMP PROBABLY DOES NOT LEAVE MUCH ROOM FOR CASES OF AMMO. HOWEVER I CALLED OUT THE MECH INF BECAUSE OF PERCEIVED WEIGHT ISSUES BETWEEN THE SIG AND THE CARACAL. I WOULD GO WITH THE CARACAL BECAUSE IF THAT IS GOING TO BE THE CARBINE THEN I PRESUME THAT WILL ALSO BECOME THE WEAPON ISSUED TO SUPPORTING ARMS LIKE THE ARMR / ENG / ETC. THEN LOGISTICS BECOMES EASIER.
- For mountain or regular infantry, where carrying very heavy rounds could be a problem, either the 5.56x45 or 7.262x39. Since we are looking a humongous 700K AK203s, I presume that we'd just retire the 5.56x45.THIS SHOULD BE 7.62x51 AS WELL OR 5.56 caracal. JUST MAKES LOGISTICS EASIER.
Either way the IA has made a meal of it.