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Weapon: General Purpose Machine Gun

Calibre: 7,62x51mm NATO
Weight: 11 - 13 kg on bipod

Length: 1260 mm
Barrel length: 545 mm
Feed: belt
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.