According to information released by the British Navy on February 9, 2021, HMS Lancaster, a Duke Type 23 class frigate of the Royal British Navy, is equipped with additional firepower, including 0.50 12 heavy machine guns, 7mm which were installed during a spell alongside in Portsmouth.
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A British sailor fires the new .50 heavy machine gun mounted on the frigate HMS Lancaster. (Image source British Navy)
This week, the crew of the frigate HMS Lancaster is conducting a live fire exercise with the new 12.7mm machine gun this week. Several rounds were fired at different angles and in different directions from the bridge wing brackets to ensure the weapon was safe and the artillery team could handle it – and can use it angrily. if necessary.
The M2 heavy machine gun also known as Browning .50 is one of the most popular weapons in the world. The machine gun has been widely used as a vehicle weapon and for arming airplanes by the United States from the 1930s to the present day. It also used on board warships against attacks from small boats and aerial targets.
In the British Armed Forces, the .50 is also mounted on combat vehicles and aboard Wildcat and Merlin helicopters when providing air cover or stalking smugglers. The Browning M2 is an air-cooled, belt-fed machine gun. The M2 fires from a closed lock operating on the principle of short recoil. The M2 fires the .50 BMG cartridge, which offers long range, precision and immense stopping power.
The first M2 water-cooled AA guns had a duty cycle of around 450-600 rpm. The machine gun has an effective range of 1,830 meters and a maximum effective range of 2,000 meters when fired from a tripod.
HMS Lancaster is a Type 23 Duke-class frigate in service with the British Royal Navy which was launched in May 1990. She underwent a Life Extension Refit (LIFEX) at HMNB Devonport from 2017 to 2019 which included the installation of Artisan 3D radar, Sea Ceptor anti-aircraft missiles, and reinforcing the ship’s spine.
The frigate HMS Lancaster is armed with 32-cell GWS.26 VLS cartridges capable of launching Sea Ceptor air defense missiles, two Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers, two 12.75 ” (324 mm) Sting Ray torpedo tubes ), one 4.5 inch BAE Naval Mk 8 gun, two 30mm DS30M Mk2 or, two 30mm DS30B automatic cannons, two Miniguns, one 7.62mm multipurpose machine gun and now .50 heavy machine guns.