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The Future MARINE RIFLE SQUAD

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That systems op position is very interesting. Im curious, is that the first time such a specialty has been specifically and deliberately integrated into a platoon, from the ground up?

Is anyone else (eg CAN/BRITarmies) doing this to a similar formal degree? 

I'm assuming PLA/RUS only have it in SOF units, if at all. 

 

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I'm not convinced by the 300% increase in firepower. An IAR is just an HK 416 rifle with a bipod, an acog and a 16" barrel, so basically, a better M16A2. I hardly see how it replaces a M249 and its much bigger supressive fire abilities.

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Is 5,56 ballistics good enough at >500 metres? Does longer barrel really help? In Russia RPK-74 is considered useless by many...

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Not as a platoon support element with dedicated crew, but kept in reserve for reissue to squads.  M249 and M27 can be swapped out without need for additional personnel or logistics burden.

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