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Old 03-23-2009, 04:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
Because it's more expensive to make a completely new weapon system than to take an existing design and just giving it a makeover. I mean, the Army spent how much on the XM8 project and it went down the drain. It is much more practical to stick to what soldiers are already used to than to retrain them in something completely new and less expensive than to replace the exisiting weapons the military is already using. Magazine types, ammo type. That's all important.
Well, technically, the XM8 was literally just an effort to salvage something from the failure of the XM29/OICW/SABR project. But the OICW...that program cost a bundle and went nowhere.
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