Yeah, telescoped ammo has some real advantages. So does caseless. The MP7 was an amazing weapons system, way ahead of anything then. (And prob. way ahead of anything today as well.)For large caliber weapon systems the idea is great. For instance: https://www.defenseworld.net/news/15666/BAE_Systems_Hands_Over_40mm_Cased_Telescoped_Cannon_To_British_Army
Telescoping allows much higher energy than would traditionally be available in form factor of that size. It also has a potential to be much lighter pound over pound.
The same applies to small arms technology. Weapon weight is a huge deal for the modern soldier. Especially if you have to hump it over 30 miles of Afghan Mountains.
At the same time, We are going to have to start considering ammunition that is higher powered than the 5.56 as body armor advances in other major powers have started to put into question how lethal a shot to center mass will be.
So, they are testing the platform. If this project works, It will be revolutionary.
All that being said however, I do agree with you. We should have just switched over to a 7.62 round.
But this kind of weapon system is emblematic of one of the overall problems with the Pentagon.
We’re making billion dollar warships that’ll be up against million dollar missiles.
We’re launching trillion dollar fighters, when the possible opponents make planes that are good enough and cost 50 million.
We’re giving our soldiers 10.000$ guns and ammo that costs a dollars pr round. And they’ll fight guys with 500$ guns and ammo that costs a fraction of ours.
Shit is unsustainable. Especially since military spending have to come down at some point.
(And yeah, obviously we don’t know the price of the weapons system and the telescoped ammo. But if history is a guide to procurements, I’m not that far off.)
Btw: I’m not THAT knowledgeable about the issue... Is the amount of propellant the same in telescoped ammunition?
Or does it use less propellant and is more efficient because of some other factor?
As long as it’s not caseless ammo, wouldn’t the weight be close to the same?