Weapon: General Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: 7,62x51mm NATO
Weight: 11 - 13 kg on bipod
Length: 1260 mm
Barrel length: 545 mm
Rate of fire: selectable, 650-750 rounds per minute
The General Purpose Machinegun was developed by the Belgian company FN Herstal in the 1950s. It can be used as a light MG on a bipod, as a medium MG on a tripod or as a vehicle-mounted and coaxial MG on helicopters, armoured cars and tanks. It is an extremely reliable and proven design, that has seen widespread service with all British forces.
The GPMG is a gas-operated, belt-fed, air-cooled, automatic weapon. The air-cooled barrel is quick-detachable, with the carrying handle attached to it to help handling of the hot barrel.