5.56mm Light Support Weapon (LSW) - Armed Forces - a5a16 - British Army -
5.56MM LIGHT SUPPORT WEAPON (LSW)
Light Support Weapon (LSW) has been developed to replace the GPMG in the light role and about
80 per cent of the parts are interchangeable with the 5.56mm
Individual Weapon (SA
80). A great advantage for the infantryman is the ability of both
weapons to take the same magazines.
A rifle section will have 2 x 4-man fire teams and each fire team
1 x LSW. Like the SA 80, the LSW
is currently experiencing some difficulty in firing 5.56mm ammunition
supplied by other NATO countries.
This problem is under review. An Image Intensifier night sight, the CWS, has been produced for LSW, which gives excellent night vision
out to 400m.