Every once in a while a topic of conversation comes up on B-ARFCOM that is actually worth discussion. I had been thinking about this for about 2 weeks now and some worthy over on the forum started a thread about it. His opening comment/question below.
“Has Ukraine shown us that SCHV rifles are more than adequate for a near peer fight? For the past 10 years the Army has been pushing for the NGSW to replace the M4 and 5.56, with a battle rifle capable of only holding 20 rounds. The idea is being able to defeat armor at 600M, but is that capability needed? Has Ukraine shown that we are better off with more ammo, less recoil, and lighter weapons?”
It seems to me that the worry of super Russian Level 10 titanium armor plates is proven laughable. Let alone the need to defeat them at extended ranges to get “over match”. Drones and man portable anti armor and anti air weapons seem to be the decisive factor for the nonce. Though granted things have not developed into an insurgency fight yet.
Of course, no one retires as a four star general to get a pie job at SIG or HK talking like that.