Machine Gun Mk 48 (USA)

Machine Gun Mk 48 (USA)
With the transition from assault rifles on short-duration cartridge 5.56 mm caliber, the idea of ​creating a light infantry machine gun of the same caliber with a belt or a combination of nutrition was born. Similar patterns have been created in Belgium (FN Minimi), Israel (Negev), Singapore (Ultimax 100) and Germany (MG 4).

Machine Gun Mk 48 (USA)
The Belgian sample, adopted by the US Army and their most important allies of the NATO countries, was particularly widespread. It would seem that the problem of the unification of rifle and machine-gun ammunition was solved in many ways, but the joy was premature. The fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans have shown that the efficacy of machine gun fire at the 7.62-mm rifle cartridge is still more important than the lighter weapons and ammunition 5.56 mm. Therefore, for the United States Special Operations Command, a special lightweight version of the machine gun "Minimi" chambered 7,62x51 NATO was designated.

Machine Gun Mk 48 (USA)
In the early 90-ies on the requirements of the US Navy Command special forces company Saco Defence finalized the M60E3, making a number of changes to address gaps and giving it the designation M60E4. This old version of the M60 via upgrade kit could be brought to the M60E4 level. This machine gun together with a shortened and thickened, so-called "assault" barrel, was adopted by the special units of US Navy SEAL under the designation Mk 43. But it was impossible to achieve the desired level of reliability Mk 43, and the Command of special force tried to find a replacement.

Machine Gun Mk 48 (USA)
And it is not only a replacement: a new gun should become a kind of "big brother" to 5.56-mm machine gun lightweight Mk 46. This gun had to be significantly lighter and more compact than full-M240 same firepower and at the same level of reliability and survivability.

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