What is the purpose of the M2 Bradley replacement being armed with a 50mm chaingun, over a 25mm chaingun of its predecessor?

What is the purpose of the M2 Bradley replacement being armed with a 50mm chaingun, over a 25mm chaingun of its predecessor? If mobile protected firepower is armed with a 105mm cannon for fire support, what sort of targets is the US military expecting dismounted troops to encounter that requires a doubling in caliber size, without necessarily calling in an MPF? Is the added complexity and weight of supplying such a massive chaingun worth it?

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It’s a supershot, essentially a 35mm without being necked down. It means bigger payload for air burst.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      airburst.

      1 shot does the job of a billion 25mm.

      forgive my retardation but is airburst chainguns used mostly against infrantry in the case of an ifv?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's a because-its-there weapon. In the ancient days of the early cold war it was intended as an anti-BMP meta but today it's more about being the biggest firepower you can fit on a frontline vehicle without converting it from a troop taxi to a tank.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >meta
          have a nice day

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This clip pretty much showcase what airburst and regular HE chaingun rounds are intended for

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Fuck

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's used to hit infantry behind barriers your own side's infantry small arms can't defeat. Bursting over trenches or behind walls that 7.62mm can't penetrate, etc.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    more dakka

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    50 is twice as much as 25, that's why.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Fucking A right

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    airburst.

    1 shot does the job of a billion 25mm.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The round is bigger giving it more options for round customization. It also gives a further range to destroy drones/helicopters/whatever.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    because a necked up 35mm round has a ton of possibilities including airburst rounds and similar programmed functions, while still being very respectable with regards to penetration. The French 40mm CTA claims ~175mm of penetration at the muzzle, if you can get close you have a lot of future proofing if your enemy decides to put more armor on his IFVs

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Smart ammo is more effective with larger calibers.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    30mm is the meta caliber for dumb shells. But with programmable fuses in everything scaling up for juicier airbursts vs infantry in cover or evading quadcopters is a thing. The 50mm is simply a necked out 35mm design which already exists.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this. also the thinking is that programmable airburst with a larger payload will make up for the reduced ammo capacity vs smaller dumb rounds

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It seems to me it would cause shell shock problems for friendly soldiers working near the vehicle.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Great how many stamps?

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