According to information released by the Royal British Navy on November 19, 2021, British Navy sailors of the HMS Argyll Type 23 Duke-class frigate tested a new armed ASP (Agile, Small-deflection, Precision) gun mounting system. of a heavy .50 submachine gun.
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Fire from a British Navy sailor erupted using the ASP (Agile, Small-deflection, Precision) cannon mounting system armed with a .50 heavy machine gun. (Image source British Royal Navy)
The British Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll served as a test bed for a week of artillery testing against small targets – speedboats, jet skis, etc. – which are difficult to reach, even with the panoply of light weapons equipping RN ships.
The .50 caliber heavy machine gun is one of the most powerful weapons gunners can use. So when a potential improved medium was developed for it, Navy technical specialists NavyX wanted to test it.
Known as the ASP Mount – Agile, Small-deflection, Precision – it was tested at Aberporth Ranges in Cardigan Bay by the Plymouth-based warship with gunners aiming both a static target and a moving radio controlled target boat.
During a week of testing, the team laid down nearly 5,000 shells of 0.5 – 3,500 caliber fired with the new carrier, 1,450 from a heavy machine gun on a traditional “soft” carrier. to allow comparisons. They conducted more than three dozen artillery fire in different scenarios and weather conditions to give both mounts full training.
Seven of Argyll’s naval companies learned how to fire a loaded .50 caliber on the new mount. They found it easy to use – and their artillery got better with the trials.
Data from the trials, funded by the Defense Innovation Fund, managed by innovation experts at the Royal Navy NavyX and supported by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, will be analyzed to determine if the mount would benefit the fleet.