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These rifles could be the Army's next weapons of choice
Just days after the Army announced the selection of three defense contractors to whip up prototypes for the service's Next Generation Squad Weapon program, one gunmaker has already unveiled their candidates for the U.S. military's next great service rifle.
Sig Sauer on Tuesday released photos of the rifle (NGSW-R) and lightweight machine gun (NGSW-AR) prototypes, both suppressed and chambered in 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, that will compete against General Dynamics-OTS and AAI Corporation Textron Systems to furnish the Army with replacements for its M4 carbine and M249 squad automatic weapon, respectively.
In 2017, the Army adopted Sig Sauer's P320 pistol as the M17/M18 under the service's Modular Handgun System program after a turbulent search and selection process.
"We are honored to have been selected for the Next Generation Squad Weapons program bringing increased lethality to the warfighter over the legacy weapons," Sig Sauer president and CEO Ron Cohen said in a statement. "At the core of our submission is our newly developed, high-pressure, 6.8mm hybrid ammunition that is utilized in both weapons, and is a significant leap forward in ammunition innovation, design, and manufacturing."
The company had previously showed off candidates for the NGSW program at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida in May. Soldier Systems characterized these prototypes as "much more mature design[s]" over earlier MCX-style carbine and .338 Norma Magnum machine gun concepts.
"The Sig Sauer NGSW-AR is lighter in weight, with dramatically less recoil than that currently in service, while our carbine for the NGSW-Rifle submission is built on the foundation of Sig Sauer weapons in service with the premier fighting forces across the globe," Cohen said in a statement.
In late August, the Army chose Sig Sauer, General Dynamics-OTS, and AAI Corporation Textron Systems to deliver prototypes of both NGSW prototypes, as well as hundreds of thousands of rounds of 6.8mm ammo, within the next 27 months.
It has been a deadly year for Green Berets, with every active-duty Special Forces Group losing a valued soldier in Afghanistan or Syria.
A total of 12 members of the Army special operations forces community have died in 2019, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. All but one of those soldiers were killed in combat.
In Afghanistan, Army special operators account for 10 of the 17 U.S. troops killed so far this year. Eight of the fallen were Green Berets. Of the other two soldiers, one was attached to the 10th Special Forces Group and the other was a Ranger.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents from the Pentagon show that "far more taxpayer funds" were spent by the U.S. military on overnight stays at a Trump resort in Scotland than previously known, two Democratic lawmakers said on Wednesday, as they demanded more evidence from the Defense Department as part of their investigation.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the heads of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee and one of it subcommittees said that while initial reports indicated that only one U.S. military crew had stayed at President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort southeast of Glasgow, the Pentagon had now turned over data indicating "more than three dozen separate stays" since Trump moved into the White House.
QUANTICO, Va. -- Marines who spend much of their day lifting hefty ammunition or moving pallets full of gear could soon get a helping hand.
The Marine Corps is close to signing a deal to test an exoskeleton prototype that can help a single person move as much as several leathernecks combined.
The Air Force is working on a ‘flying car’ to replace the V-22 Osprey — and it could take flight sooner than you think
'Agility Prime' sounds like a revolutionary new video streaming service, or a parkour-themed workout regimen, or Transformers-inspired niche porno venture.
But no, it's the name of the Air Force's nascent effort to replace the V-22 Osprey with a militarized flying car — and it's set to take off sooner than you think.
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