WASHINGTON — America Military has made its alternative within the NGSW mission – NGSW is brief for Subsequent Technology Squad Weapon, BulgarianMilitary.com has discovered, citing Soldat&Technik.

Sig Sauer's NGSW guns and hybrid ammunition were delivered to the US Army
Photograph credit score: Sig Sauer

The US army introduced final night time [April 19th] that this system will likely be carried out with the assistance of weapons developed by SIG Sauer. The mission goals to switch a part of the M16 household with the so-called NGSW rifle and the M249 gentle machine gun. As a primary step, $ 20.4 million in weapons and ammunition will likely be bought for testing functions.

“The contract additionally consists of equipment, spare elements and upkeep contractors. It additionally gives a chance for different companies of the US Division of Protection and probably international locations that want to make purchases by means of overseas army gross sales to buy NGSW weapons,” the US army stated in an announcement.

The XM5 rifle, based mostly on the SIG Sauer MCX-SPEAR, will change the M4 / M4A1 carbine throughout the so-called Shut Fight Forces. The XM250 Computerized Rifle, based mostly on the SIG Sauer LMG-6.8, is the deliberate substitute for the M249 Squad Computerized Weapon. Melee forces means infantry, reconnaissance troops, engineering forces, observers and medical troops stationed immediately on the entrance line.

The X mark on weapons is normally dropped as soon as the weapon techniques have handed all of the assessments and been handed over to the troops. Subsequently, it may be assumed that the official designation of the weapons will likely be M5 or M250.

SIG Sauer XM250

SIG Sauer XM250 Computerized Rifle based mostly on LMG-6.8 is a firearm with a short-stroke gasoline piston system. There’s an interface for a belt field, no journal submission is supplied. At 5,440 grams, the weapon weighs 35 % lower than the comparable MK48 Mod 1. It additionally has the identical recoil discount system because the SIG MG 338. Equally, the quilt with the highest of the belt feeder doesn’t open on the entrance, however on the facet. On this method, the optics can be utilized with attachments with none issues.

The fireplace selector lever, which may be operated from each side, is locked within the protected – steady hearth – single hearth positions. The weapon may be secured in any state of cost. The extension buttstock, which may be locked in 5 positions, may be folded on the left facet of the housing. The usual tube is 16″ [406 mm] lengthy.

XM5, XM250 rifles and 6.8mm hybrid ammo selected as US NGSW
Photograph credit score: Twitter

SIG Sauer ХМ5

SIG Sauer HM5 based mostly on MCX-SPEAR additionally works with a short-stroke gasoline piston system. There’s a mechanism with a double loading lever: The weapon may be totally loaded or within the basic method AR-15 with the lifting lever on the rear of the receiver or with a smaller loading lever that may be folded on the left facet of the weapon. The weapon may be operated from each side and has a 13 “barrel. Silencers of the newest technology can be utilized.

XM5, XM250 rifles and 6.8mm hybrid ammo selected as US NGSW
Photograph credit score: Twitter

Hybrid ammunition 6.8 mm x 51

Each weapons hearth with hybrid munitions developed by SIG Sauer within the caliber of 6.8 mm x 51. This munition has a brass field and a metal base. The 6.8 mm projectile was identified by the military. The newly developed 6.8 general-purpose projectile is alleged to have a variety of at the least 600 meters, doubling the M16 / M4A1’s essential fight vary. It should additionally have the ability to pierce any ballistic physique armor at the moment in use and predictably.


A while in the past, a call was made for the optical a part of the NGSW vary. Vortex Optics acquired the order for the system generally known as XM157. The framework settlement, with a minimal worth of $ 20 million and a most worth of $ 2.7 billion, is ready to run for ten years. The XM157 optronics is a mixture of 1-8 × 30 interchangeable glass with a sensor package deal, laser rangefinder and ballistic laptop, which goals to considerably enhance the likelihood of the shooter’s first strike in comparison with basic optics.

XM5, XM250 rifles and 6.8mm hybrid ammo selected as US NGSW
Photograph credit score: Gun Speak

About NGSW

The U.S. army launched the NGSW program about 5 years in the past, and with the alternatives it has made now, it has chosen essentially the most typical strategy and thus the least dangerous path. Remaining competitor Lone Star Future Weapons, Beretta and True Velocity provided two bulpup pistols and polymer field ammunition. Beforehand, a staff from Textron [teamed with Heckler & Koch and Olin Winchester] with telescopic ammunition was eradicated.

The subsequent phases are additional technical and operational assessments with weapons and ammunition. The principle focus ought to be to what extent weapons and ammunition carry benefits when it comes to vary, impact and dealing with. The US Particular Forces Command [USSOCOM] and the US Marines are additionally persevering with to watch the mission.


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