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NATO Land Group 3 Close Combat Infantry. Annual Update For NDIA Joint Services Small Arms Conference 12 May 2004. Mr. Robert M. Pizzola US Army-ARDEC AMSRD-AAR-AIJ Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806 973-724-7908 Email:

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NATO Land Group 3

Close Combat Infantry

Annual Update


NDIA Joint Services Small Arms Conference

12 May 2004

Mr. Robert M. Pizzola



Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806



nato and partners for peace membership update
Originally 16 nations at the time of Soviet collapse

Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic added = 19

Recently – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania,

Slovakia, and Slovenia = 26

Still have Partner for Peace nations

Sweden is most active of these nations within LG 3

NATO and Partners for PeaceMembership Update
nato land group 3 infantry weaponry master plan
Concept presented and outlined by US

Land Group unanimously adopts US Concept

Document expanded and completed by Sweden

Sweden designated the overall lead nation

Other nations assigned lead for sections.

Canada- Shoulder fired weaponry, hand grenades

UK- indirect fire (mortars, grenade launchers, etc)

Belgium- Infantry Combat Vehicle main gun

Germany- Actual combat vehicle interface

France- Sniper weaponry

US - MOUT and Non-lethal weaponry

NATO Land Group #3 Infantry Weaponry Master Plan
more on infantry weaponry master plan
Covers all materiel areas of LG3 responsibility

Represents the structure for all current and future work.

Serves as the basis and justification for all work

US initiatives under master plan:

Standardization of bursting munitions

Issue: Unlike bullets, may have to attempt to standardize munitions effects

Quite possibly, the next generation of point fire ammunition may not be amenable to standardization as has been the rule

To lighten system weight dramatically, ammo design must change dramatically

More on Infantry Weaponry Master Plan
mout and non lethal weaponry
Last meeting was hosted by Italy in Rome

To observe the first public demonstration of the new Baretta constant kinetic energy shotgun

Completed work on Non-Lethal Weaponry in Rome

NATO Non-lethal Capability set is mostly defensive

Barriers to offensive NLW include:

Various chemical weapons treaties (no OC, etc)

National laws prohibiting area or “indiscriminate” fire

UK favors dedicated weaponry

These issues to be elevated for possible resolution

MOUT to continue developing prioritized requirements and prioritized deficiencies; 1 possibly 2 more meetings

MOUT and Non-Lethal Weaponry
sub group1 to nato lg3 nato standard ammo
SG1 is studying effects on ERTC and NARTC of bursting munitions; i.e.- what, how test?

Similarly studying programmable fuzes

40 mm High Velocity STANAG and MOPI out for ratification

Highly intensified interest since international community observed performance in Southwest Asia

40 mm Low Velocity documentation also in process

Controversy surrounding 30mm x 173 round

Field de-linking and re-linking? Doubtful.

Possible standardization of Soviet bloc materiel being considered.

Sub-Group1 to NATO LG3NATO Standard Ammo
personal defense weapon
NATO undertook a new PDW program

The UK began testing; halted testing

France resumed testing

Two sets of test results generated

Attempts to establish scoring criteria AFTER seeing test results failed.

US asked by LG3 to conduct an independent evaluation (SW, CA, SU, RO)

- Results were CLOSE; nonetheless, a clear winner

- US surveyed for instances of “hot” ammo swaps

- No instances among full NATO members (SW-FI say Yea)

- Seems there’s no need for std. ammo for “weapon of last resort”

Standardization of new PDW Ammo not recommended.

Personal Defense Weapon