New Rifle For Special Combat Troops – So, apparently the Army plans to field new a rifle and light machine combination next year. It is supposed to replace the standard issue M4 carbine and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (the infamous S.A.W.) for its close combat force.
New Rifle For Special Combat Troops
They’re not the only branch either, both the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command will be included in the testing and experimentation phase and will have the option to adopt the new-caliber weapons. The testing is expected to last several years.
That new caliber, a special, Army-designed 6.8mm round, is the biggest change that shooters will see. The Next Generation Squad Weapon program had industry competitors build the weapon around the round.
It was Sig Sauer that won the $4.7 billion weapon contract and Vortex Optics and Sheltered Wings working together won the $2.7 billion NGSW-Fire Control.
Once fielded, the M5 carbine replacement and the M250 SAW replacement, will allow users to shoot farther, faster with more accurate shots that are more lethal than the current 5.56mm round used in the two legacy weapons.
The fielding will go to operational units, likely in early 2023. Those units have not yet been identified publicly by Army officials. The full rollout to the entire close combat force will happen over several years.
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That close combat force includes infantry, scouts and combat engineers who support or deploy alongside infantry and scouts. The rest of the force will continue to carry the M4 and M249 for the coming decade or longer.
Both weapons feature M-lock handguards, a Picatinny Rail for attaching shooting accessories, an ambidextrous safety and left-side accessible charging handle for the M250.
The two will also feature the NGSW-Fire Control, which is a computer-assisted optic that can provide aim correction, first focal plane optic, a disturbed reticle, ballistics computer and laser range finder. It also links wirelessly with current and future soldier electronics.
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