|Country of origin||Germany/United States|
|Manufacturer||Heckler & Koch|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Kubota Risa|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR, EN, JP|
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The XM8 was a lightweight, modular rifle system developed in the early 2000's by German arms firm Heckler and Koch. The XM8 was designed to take part in the Objective Individual Combat Weapon program, a development project headed by the United States Army with the goal of creating a new grenade launcher with a matching service rifle. The XM8 was unable to meet the specifications for the project, so the project was split and the XM8 rifle became a standalone weapon system instead.
The U.S. Army's purpose in contracting for this prototype weapon was to provide replacement options for the M16 rifle after the XM29 program ran into problems. The goal was a weapon that was cheaper, lighter, and more effective than the M16 and M4 series of weapons. The XM8 was not just one weapon but a system which could be reconfigured with appropriate parts to be any one of several variants, from a short-barreled personal defense weapon to a bipod-equipped support weapon. It also included an integrated optical sight and IR laser aiming module/illuminator.
The XM8 is classified as a selective fire, gas-operated rifle. It uses a rotating bolt action, and fires from a closed rotary bolt. It chambers the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, and feeding of rounds can be done from wither 30-round G36 magazines or 100-round Beta-C drum magazines. After some modifications to the magazine housing, the XM8 could also accept STANAG magazines. Constructed primarily using fiber-reinforced plastics, the XM8 is mechanically very similar to the rifle it was originally derived from: the HK G36. Modifications to the aesthetics of the rifle were made at the request of Army officials, who asked that the gun be made to look 'more Starship Troopers', whatever that means. A new 40mm grenade launcher was created for the XM8 derived from G36's AG36, under the new designation XM320. Unlike the servicing break-action grenade launcher M203, XM320's grenade tube swings out laterally for loading. On top of that, the XM320 can be operated as a standalone grenadier unit when not attached on the rifle. It was designed to fit on the new PCAP (Picatinny Combat Attachment Points) system the XM8 employed, however this meant that the standard MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail-based accessories weren't reverse compatible with the XM8 without adapters.
The first 30 XM8 prototypes were delivered by November 2003 for preliminary testing. Later, at least 200 developmental prototypes were procured. There were a couple of complaints with the design noted at this time. Among the complaints during testing was that the battery life was too low for the weapon's powered sight system and some ergonomics issues. Two other key issues were the weapon's weight and the heat resistance of the hand guard, which would start to melt after firing too many rounds. Some of these issues would be ironed out with further development, although the weapon's weight was always a point of some complaint, despite being relatively close to the weight requirements put out by the US Army.
Despite high hopes that the XM8 could become the new standard infantry service rifle for the US military, the project was canceled in 2005. The XM8 rifle would fall out of favor with the US military, and only the XM320 grenade launcher entered full time service under the designation M320. H&K advertised the XM8 onto the global market, and the Royal Malaysian Navy would purchase the XM8 in 2010, along with other H&K assault rifles products like the HK416 and G36. After several modifications were made to the XM8, it entered service with the Royal Malaysian Navy's Naval Special Warfare Forces (PASKAL) later that year.
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- XM8 was the one who made SMG G36CG36C 's halloween costume.
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