Futuristic new guns competing in the U.S. Army’s Subsequent Generation Squad Weapons plan had been shown to the public this week.
Intended to replace the existing normal M4 Carbine and M249 SAW light machine gun, the new NGSW contenders — which use six.8mm (.277-caliber) hybrid ammunition with an EPR bullet– had been on hand at the biggest land warfare conference and tradeshow in North America: the Association of United States Army annual meeting (AUSA 2019) taking spot this week in Washington DC.
Even though AUSA has lots of exciting new guns, such as Northrop Grumman’s new XM913 50mm Bushmaster Chain Gun and Rheinmetall’s new 130mm/L51 smoothbore tank gun, it was the NGSW candidates that drew crowds.
Military Times’ Gear Scout got up close to the MCX Spear entry from Sig Sauer, which notably options a absolutely free-floating reinforced M-LOK handguard, side-charging manage, completely ambidextrous controls, folding buttstock, and suppressor. When it comes to their ultra-light NGSW-AR, proposed to be the successor to the M249, the machine gun has AR-style ergonomics, speedy detach magazines, a side-opening feed tray, improved 1913 rail space for evening vision and enablers, a folding buttstock, and suppressor.
Basic Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems, which is functioning with Accurate Velocity and Beretta, showed off their new RM277 NGSW platform, a bullpup with lots of modularity. Notably, the gun makes use of Accurate Velocity’s six.8mm composite-cased cartridge, which has a “drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy.”
Textron, which has subcontracted with ammo maker Winchester-Olin and firearms maker Heckler & Koch, was in attendance at AUSA with their new NSGW platforms as nicely. As noted by Soldier Systems, their program’s six.8mm cartridge “performs equivalent to 270 WSM.”
Shephard Media’s Scott Gourley ran across the Textron design and style.
The 3 competitors are presently undergoing 27 months of testing. The Army plans to obtain 85,986 NGSW systems with an eye towards replacing guns in combat units initially. Eventually, the winner could stand to provide 250,000 NGSWs and 150 million rounds of ammo plus possibilities for additional contracts.