Following a rigorous 27-month choice course of, US-based firearms producer SIG Sauer has overwhelmed Common Dynamics and Textron Techniques to safe a $20.4 million contract to provide two new weapons programs constructed across the 6.8mm Frequent Cartridge Household of Ammunition. The US Military will now conduct further testing of the brand new XM5 rifle and XM250 computerized rifle to evaluate whether or not the platforms can viably exchange present commonplace Military weapons, specifically the Colt M4/M4A1 sample rifles and the FN Herstal M249 Squad Computerized Weapons.
Tristan Sauer, Land Analyst at GlobalData Aerospace, Protection and Safety, a number one information and analytics firm, presents his view:
“The choice to undertake not one, however two new commonplace weapons programs and a brand new ammunition caliber for the US Military displays some of the important efforts to modernize solider programs in latest historical past. As a result of rising issues over the lethality of infantry items in conflicts towards peer-level adversaries with fashionable physique armor, the Military has opted to forego the present NATO commonplace calibers while retaining a stage of interoperability between the rifles and squad computerized weapons. Certainly, each the XM5 and the XM250 fireplace the 6.8mm spherical, which is presupposed to have elevated lethality and accuracy in comparison with each the 5.56x45mm and seven.62x51mm NATO commonplace cartridges”.
GlobalData’s report “Thematic Analysis – Soldier Modernization” highlights the scope of the NGSW program, which is projected to price $1.07 billion between FY2022-25. The report additionally anticipates that ought to the 6.8mm caliber show able to assembly US expectations over the approaching years, it appears seemingly that different NATO member states would search to develop different new weapons platforms chambered in 6.8mm, which may in flip revitalize the stagnant European small arms market.
Sauer notes: “SIG Sauer’s success within the NGSW program illustrates how specialist arms manufactures are nonetheless able to beating protection primes resembling Textron and Common Dynamics. SIG Sauer’s XM17 pistol had already overwhelmed out famend pistol producer Glock for the Modular Handgun System in 2017, and business rifle optics producer Vortex Optics was declared the winner of the NGSW – Hearth Management System (FCS) competitors earlier this yr, with their XM157 FCS now set to be built-in with the XM5 and XM250 platforms. These elements point out that well-established small arms producers are able to profitable contracts towards the main defence primes”.