reaper | weight support unit
The Reaper Weight Support unit is issued on a limited basis to light and medium machine gunners in the New Hayesalian Military.
Soldiers in the NH Military carry particularly heavy 7.62mm and .338 Norma Magnum calibre weapons, as well as equipment needed for soldiering.
The Reaper is designed to meet the muscular limitations that affect even the strongest personnel. There is a limited period of time that personnel can support a weapon in front of their body, exponentially so when the weight of the weapon platform increases from carbine to MG. Muscular endurance is literally as short as a few minutes for even the lightest rifle.
One of the key issues with marksmanship is muscular engagement and fatigue. Once fatigue of a muscular group occurs, so does the steady control of the weapons system which effects accuracy drastically.
The Reaper System removes the muscular requirements from the shooters forearms, biceps and shoulders allowing for unlimited cover time on target and enhanced accuracy. The Reaper is particularly valuable when clearing threat areas over long periods of time.
Personnel patrolling for long periods of time can become combat ineffective, or at the very least have a diminished response to a threat. The last hour of a patrol is just as important as the first, removing fatigue greatly enhances combat effectiveness being of immeasurable value to the soldier.
The reaper allows its operator to patrol with MG’s at the ready position and utilize the extra fire support in the same dynamic way one might use a carbine. The MG operator can then cover target areas for extended periods from positions other than prone with a high level of accuracy. The Reaper is a force multiplier in any terms.
The Reaper was initially designed for unstable platform support, primarily helo sniping and aerial fire support. The system was designed and used by experienced snipers and has proven itself over hundreds of hours in many rotary wing aircraft.
For aerial applications there is no comparison to the reaper system. Current aerial sniping and fire support positions require either a fitted shooting bar (sniper bar) or a strap system, both of which are retrofitted to the airframe.
These systems cause a number of problems both from a safety point of view and also that of marksmanship for the shooter. Both systems transfer various levels of vibration from the airframe through to the weapon system. Both systems create safety hazards on board as they create additional barriers to the entry/exit points of the aircraft. Both systems limit the positions that a shooter can use in an airframe reducing their tactical capability.
The Reaper system allows the shooter unparalleled flexibility and a distinct separation from the airframe in terms of vibration and firing positions. The shooter can attach to the airframe with personal safety strap and shoot from any position within the aircraft with complete support and accuracy. The reaper allows the shooter to quickly traverse from either side of the airframe, and to disembark if needed while picking up or dropping off troops.
The Reaper is worn along the spine of the body armour, and can be quickly detached and folded down as the situation demands - for example, when operating in mounted patrols or when placing the weapon down for prolonged prone fire or observation.