Country: United States / Germany
Cartridge: 5.56x45mm (caseless)
Fire Rate: 650 rpm
Fire Mode: Fully Automatic
Magazine Size: 100 Rounds (Standard), 150 Rounds (Extended)
The LSAT (Light Small Arms Technologies) was a developmental light machine enrolled in the JSSAP. The program started when the Joint Service Small Arms Program (JSSAP) challenged the American Defense Industry to develop lighter small arms and ammunition. The LSAT provides a major reduction in weight over traditional LMGs, as well as improvements in other areas, such as controllability and reliability. The LSAT has the potential to improve battlefield effectiveness due to its simpler and more consistent weapon action, its light weight and low recoil, and its stiffer barrel. Its use of recoil compensation has produced positive feedback regarding controllability; the simpler mechanism of the LSAT is both more reliable and easier to maintain. It also uses a unique caseless ammunition, which reduces the weight even more.