18 Apr '12, 3pm
VIDEO: Apache chain gun modified for US Navy via @DefenseTech
Apparently the Navy has strict safety regulations that prohibit the use of electrically-primed weapons aboard ship. The M230LF operates like a more traditional machine gun and includes a new linked ammunition feeding system. The Apache’s M230 features a link-less feeding system that relies on a magazine box that must be loaded by hand. ATK is working with the Navy to develop the M230LF as a possible replacement for the .50 caliber machine gun on small surface vessels — where it could fend off swarms of attacking boat — and some helos, according to ATK.