Testing and Advancement of the Recoilless Technology


On 29 June 2001, test firings were conducted using another prototype weapon (termed the ‘Alpha prototype’) based on a Mauser 98 bolt action rifle carrying the equivalent of a conventional 7.62mm NATO round. In the initial stage of development the Alpha prototype was suspended in an open frame using free-hanging steel cables and was fired by a remotely operated cable trigger system.

Fig. 5 Advanced Alpha Prototype configured for further R&D and demonstrations firings excluding some classified parts

     

On the 13th test shot, the Alpha prototype achieved zero recoil demonstrating the efficiency of the configuration. The advanced Alpha prototype with reinforced structure and a remotely operated solenoid trigger system was used for the purposes of regular test firings and demonstrations.

 

 

A subsequent Beta prototype incorporating a top mounting rail was designed to restructure the working parts incorporated in the earlier Alpha prototypes to enable the Beta prototype to be more adaptable to traditional small arms configurations.

Further enhancements to the Beta prototype have provided many different variations and applications for the technology as well as the ability to handle significantly more powerful charges.

Fig.6 Initial Beta Prototype configured with top mounting rail excluding some classified parts

 

 

The calibre of this enhanced prototype is Winchester .308 (including 7.62 NATO round or its equivalent).

 

 

Fig.7 The Gamma Prototype excluding some classified parts

Recoil mitigation, control and elimination in these further prototypes have been improved when compared to the original Alpha and Beta prototypes. The enhancements to the Beta prototype configuration to form a Gamma prototype, particularly the use of more powerful charges, supports the fact that the RT can be upscaled to much more potent or larger calibre weapons which will lead to significantly reduced weight in the weapons platforms. This Gamma prototype is now able to be demonstrated to interested parties.  
     

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