The U.S. Military introduced the award of a 10-year firm-fixed-price follow-on manufacturing contract to Sig Sauer, Inc for the manufacture and supply of two Subsequent Era Squad Weapon variations (the XM5 Rifle and the XM250 Computerized Rifle) and the 6.8 Frequent Cartridge Household of Ammunition. This award was made following a rigorous 27-month prototyping and analysis effort that included quite a few technical exams and Soldier contact factors of three competing prototype methods.

Each weapons present important functionality enhancements in accuracy, vary and general lethality. They’re light-weight, fireplace extra deadly ammunition, mitigate recoil, present improved barrel efficiency, and embrace built-in muzzle sound and flash discount. Each weapons fireplace frequent 6.8 millimeter ammunition using authorities supplied projectiles and vendor-designed cartridges. The brand new ammunition contains a number of sorts of tactical and coaching rounds that enhance accuracy and are extra deadly towards rising threats than each the 5.56mm and seven.62mm ammunition.


Sig Sauer XM5 Rifle (Photograph Credit score: U.S. Military)

The worth of the preliminary supply order on the contract is $20.4 million for weapons and ammunition that may endure testing. The contract contains equipment, spares and contractor assist. It additionally supplies the opposite Division of Protection companies and, probably, International Army Gross sales international locations the chance to buy the NGSW weapons. The XM5 Rifle will exchange the M4/M4A1 carbine throughout the shut fight pressure, and the XM250 Computerized Rifle is the deliberate substitute for the M249 Squad Computerized Weapon

The XM5 and XM250 will likely be paired with the XM157 Fireplace Management, a ruggedized superior fireplace management system that will increase accuracy and lethality for the shut fight pressure. The XM157 integrates numerous superior applied sciences, together with a variable magnification optic (1X8), backup etched reticle, laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator, atmospheric sensor suite, compass, Intra-Soldier Wi-fi, seen and infrared aiming lasers, and a digital show overlay. It’s produced by Sheltered Wings Inc. d/b/a Vortex Optics, Barneveld, Wisconsin.

Sig Sauer XM250 Automatic Rifle (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Sig Sauer XM250 Computerized Rifle (Photograph Credit score: U.S. Military)