U.S. Army Awards Contract for Latest M320 Grenade Launchers
In a statement Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Defense stated the Colorado-based Capco received a $33,6 million contract for 40 mm M320 and 40 mm M320A1 grenade launchers.
Bids had been solicited through the internet with one acquired, based on a statement.
The newest grenade launcher in the Military arsenal is developed for a new single-shot 40 mm grenade launcher system to replace the M203.
Based on American Special Ops, the M320 designed to be used as an attachment to a rifle or carbine or as a stand-alone weapon system, the M320 can fire a range of 40mm projectiles, along with High Explosive, High Explosive Dual Purpose, smoke, and illumination rounds. Unlike the M203, the XM320’s breach opens to the sides, which permits it to accommodate longer projectiles, along with newer non-lethal rounds.
The M320 model weighs five pounds, two more than the model it’s replacing. The additional weight comes from the M320’s much more sturdy barrel, which is meant to provide the weapon a longer lifespan. Rounds fired via a lighter barrel can deteriorate accuracy much quicker; they would deteriorate the accuracy of a heavier one.
The M320 has three major parts: a grenade launcher with a rifled barrel, Day/Night Sight (DNS) produced by Insight Technology, and a handheld Laser Range Finder (LRF).
The M320 has a removable stock that can be connected to the weapon to allow it to fire as its own weapon. Whereas the M203 was loaded by pushing the barrel forward, the M320’s breach swings open with the press of a button to allow loading from the side.