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Dutch Marines Show Off Their New Machine Gun Snow Sleds

Kyle Mizokami
·2 min read

From Popular Mechanics

  • The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC) showed off a new snow sled system on Facebook.

  • The system is designed to be towed behind a tracked all-terrain vehicle.

  • The sled can carry Marines, cargo, or even an M240 machine gun.

The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC)—that other Marine Corps you rarely hear about—just might have the most heavily armed snow sled in the world.

The RNLMC, which trains to fight in the harshest conditions around the world, now carries a snow sled capable of packing a machine gun in its arsenal. The sled will be used for the first time during upcoming NATO exercises in Norway.

In wartime, the 2,300-strong RNLMC would likely be deployed to Norway to shore up NATO’s northern flank with Russia. The RNLMC says Marines are already burdened with heavy packs and need a way to transport clothing, fuel, and tents in arctic conditions.

As a result, the service has purchased several new types of pulks, a small Nordic sled usually pulled by a skier, sled dog, or even reindeer across the snow.

The four pulks are divided into 135-, 150-, and 170-centimeter-long sleds designed to carry Marines, machine gunner assistants, and equipment.

The fourth pulk has a mount for a General Purpose Machine Gun, a 7.62-millimeter belt fed machine gun used by the RNLMC. The pulks will be deployed at the squadron level, or what the U.S. Marines call companies.

Photo credit: Andrew Milligan - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Andrew Milligan - PA Images - Getty Images

The pulks will likely be towed by skiers, as the RNLMC doesn't have any reindeer, and probably the RNLMC's Swedish-made BV206 all-terrain vehicles. The BV206 is an unarmored tracked vehicle designed to carry troops and equipment in snowy conditions. It’s also used by U.S. Army and Marine Corps mountain and arctic warfare units.

The gun-toting pulks will make their debut at upcoming NATO exercises in Norway.

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