by David Crane
DefRev’s recent article, "GDATP XM307/XUV OCSW Video, ATK/HK XM29/OICW, HK XM8, and Metal Storm" contains an email communication in which I discuss some of my views on the ATK/HK XM8 "Lightweight Modular Carbine System" (LMCS) .
We also recently published an update on the ATK/HK XM8 Lightweight Modular Carbine System (LMCS) titled "U.S. Army Requests Additional $26 million to Purchase 7,000 New Infantry Weapons". In that piece, we linked to a news release on the Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) website titled "Service requests $26 million for fielding: Army Reorganizes Plan to Field New Family of Infantry Weapons".
Well, "Defense Tech" has just published a new blog on the ATK/HK XM8 LMCS, a.k.a. "Lightweight Assault Carbine". In the blog, they provide a link to a Fayetteville (NC) Observer article on the XM8. The Fayetteville (NC) Observer is reporting that the ATK/HK XM-8 "Lightweight Modular Carbine System" is receiving some positive feedback from military testers at Ft. Bragg, NC, Ft. Stewart, Ga., and Ft. Campbell, Ky. The story is titled "New firearms are light and deadly", and it…
contains a link to pics of the weapons demo that DefRev believes were taken at Ft. Bragg. "Defense Tech" also links to the Thursday, June 10, 2004 "Atlantigeeks" blog on the XM8 carbine titled New firearms are light and deadly.
The Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va. is the office running the tests. The Project Manager (PM) Soldier Weapons is Col. Michael J. Smith. Col. Smith overseas PM Crew Served Weapons and PM Individual Weapons. PM Individual Weapons is most likely the office directly in charge of the XM-8 testing and demo sessions.
It would seem that not everybody’s as enthusiastic about the ATK/HK XM8 carbine as the U.S. Army personnel who test fired it at Bragg. The "Army Times" published some not-so-positive feedback letters on the ATK/HK XM-8 LMCS on April 26th, 2004. These letters on the XM8 were written by U.S. Army personnel who are obviously nonplussed about the new weapon.
Here are some more Army Times articles on the ATK/HK XM-8 Lightweight Modular Carbine System: