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Army Eyes New Lightweight .50-Caliber Machine Gun

The Army is creating a new, lightweight version of its iconic .50-cal machine gun designed to better enable soldiers to destroy enemies, protect convoys, mount weapons on vehicles, attack targets on the move and transport between missions.

The new weapon, designed to be 20-to-30 percent lighter than the existing M2, will be made of durable but lighter weight titanium, officials said.

The emerging lightweight .50-cal, described as still in its infancy stage, still needs to be built, riveted and tested.

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