U.S. Army and Marines have launched multiple efforts to lighten the weapons and equipment grunts carried while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but ammunition weight has always been an Achilles' heel for these efforts.
Early attempts at lighter, plastic-cased cartridge designs failed to meet military standards, but recent technical advances by a few bold companies have prompted the both services to launch new efforts to test polymer-cased ammo for infantry units.
‘Soldiers on combat patrols in Afghanistan typically carry 92 to 105 pounds of mission-essential equipment. This overload causes fatigue, heat stress, injury and performance degradation for soldiers,’according to a 2005 report by ARDEC at Picatinny Arsenal on‘Alternative Cartridge Case Material and Design.’
The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
A slang for infantryman in both Army and Marine.
The Corps is axing all of its tank battalions and cutting grunt units.