- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

U.S. Army leaders are one step closer to deciding on a supplier for its Next Generation Squad Weapon system after a who’s who in weapons makers unveiled their progress.

The 2019 Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting impressed officials with prototype 6.8mm rifles and automatic rifles by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems inc., Textron Systems, and Sig Sauer Inc.

Each company is vying for the opportunity to replace the 5.56mm M4A1 carbine and the M249 squad automatic weapon used in combat units.

Military leaders essentially want a weapon that boasts the firepower — and range — of a machine gun with the precision of a rifle.

“A lot of progress has been achieved just in the last 12 months since the previous AUSA,” Brig. Gen. Dave Hodne, director of the Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team and chief of infantry at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, told an AUSA audience, Military.com’s reported Oct. 18.

“In fact, there were some aspects of last year’s AUSA where some would say what we are pursuing was unachievable, and I would tell you those impossibilities are on the floor here today,” he added from the nation’s capital.

Writer Matthew Cox noted that Sig Sauer’s offering was “the most traditional out of all three competitors since Sig’s rifle variant is an M4-style design.”

Paul Snyder, product manager for Sig Saur’s belt-fed systems, added that his company is the only one who didn’t team up on logistics with outside companies.

“Everything on the table today is Sig,” he said, Military.com reported. “We are the only ones that haven’t partnered up with anyone. This is all SigSig guns, Sig suppressor, Sig ammo, Sig accessories.”

Officials are expected to decide on one company for fulfillment by the first quarter of 2022.

Due to an editing error, the initial headline described the weapon as a 6.88mm. The Washington Times regrets the error.

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