Skip to comments.SIG SAUER Selected by U.S. Army for Next Generation Weapons with New Ammunition Technology, (TR)
Posted on 09/03/2019 10:04:22 AM PDT by Perseverando
NEWINGTON, N.H., (September 3, 2019) SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the official award of a contract by the U.S. Army in the down-select process for the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW). The award encompasses the complete SIG SAUER system consisting of 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, a lightweight machine gun, rifle, and included suppressors. SIG SAUER will provide single-source manufacturing for ammunition, weapons, and suppressors allowing for less risk and increased capability for the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Army is leading the world in the first significant upgrade to small arms in decades to meet the growing demands of soldiers on the battlefield. We are honored to have been selected for the Next Generation Squad Weapons program bringing increased lethality to the warfighter over the legacy weapons, began Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. 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 SIG SAUER 6.8mm hybrid ammunition is designed for increased penetration at greater distances. Cohen continued, using patent-pending technology the SIG SAUER Ammunition division has engineered a completely new cartridge resulting in a more compact round, with increased velocity and accuracy, while delivering a substantial reduction in the weight of the ammunition.
The primary objectives set forth by the U.S. Army for the NGSW-AR was a weapon with the firepower and range of a machine gun, coupled with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle. The SIG SAUER NGSW-AR submission is an ultra-light, medium caliber machine gun with AR ergonomics, and chambered in 6.8mm hybrid ammunition. Features include quick detach magazines, side opening feed tray, increased available 1913 rail space for night vision and enablers, folding buttstock, and suppressor.
Additionally, the Prototype Project Opportunity Notice (PPON) requirements were inclusive of an NGSW-Rifle. The SIG SAUER NGSW-Rifle submission also chambered in 6.8mm hybrid, is lightweight and features a free-floating reinforced M-LOK handguard, side-charging handle, fully ambidextrous controls, folding buttstock, and suppressor.
The U.S. Army challenged the industry to bring forward significant improvements to the legacy weapons. 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. Both weapons are designed with features that will increase the capabilities of the soldier, commented Cohen. The final component of the SIG SAUER Next-Generation Weapons System is our suppressor, which through exhaustively researched design enhancements, reduces harmful backflow and signature.
As outlined in the recent award issued by the U.S. Army, SIG SAUER will deliver a complete SIG SAUER system inclusive of the SIG SAUER 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, lightweight machine gun, rifle, and suppressors.
SIG SAUER has designed the most comprehensive solution to meet the requirements of the Next Generation Squad Weapons to enhance mission effectiveness. We are looking forward to partnering with the U.S. Army throughout this process and ensuring our soldiers are equipped for the demands of the modern battlefield, concluded Cohen.
Hopefully, one day suppressors will be a part of every Army and Marine rifle/carbine.
You don't get rid of the supersonic crack, but you do reduce the report to below hearing safe in most cases.
Oooh. Where can I get one?
75 years after the British developed the .280 MM (7.2 MM) for the EM-2 rifle.
Will 6.8 MM become a new NATO Standard or the US is going alone on this?
Hopefully, one day, suppressors will be part of every hunting rifle as an option without the tax.
A total of three contracts were issued for prototype development. Down selects will follow. Sig is the only one with a traditional round, the other two will propose a composite round with no metal casing.
I still can’t believe that the Republicans didn’t at least try to pass the Hearing Protection Act when they held both houses.
Think this will take the AR-15 off the “Military List”?
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Commercial customers have footed much of the development burden but the Sig products have evolved to the point where they really do have some significant advances over current tech.
They are one of the few major companies who have aggressively pursued suppressed weapons from an in house, integrated system perspective
Interesting to see how this pays off for them.
Major disappointment was Sig failure to successfully update the Swiss 55x product line. For some reason, Sig USA never seemed to be able to replicate the Swiss magic on those products which is a real shame
You can't get one. Limited to military and law enforcement - after all can't let the citizens right to keep and bear arms go uninfringed. Those uppity citizens might just get the idea that they aren't serfs and chattels of the government if they were allowed parity of weaponry with law enforcement.
Are these going to be manufactured here in NH?
This should only surprise you if you naively think that Republicans are actually conservatives.
The leftists probably have Civil War era muzzle loaders listed as “weapons of war that no civilian should be allowed to own.”
There is a long list of stuff the GOP Congress failed on:
All in all they were pretty pathetic. Paul Ryan got a tax-cut bill in, where the corporate savings were permanent, but the individual ones time out after a few years. That's about all he managed.
You get the feeling he really hated us, the GOP voters, and was laughing as he did nothing to advance the agenda that Trump ran on, or anything that the GOP has been promising for years.
And, of course when the House did get something to Senate they failed to push it all the way through.
Suppressors belong in the home, on any defense weapon. Period.
Never! AR-15 is gun. Gun is bad. All guns bad (except in the hands of a totalitarian police state.)
The 6.8 SPC has been around for a few years and has its fans.
A wildcatter came up with the .277 Wolverine, which is a resized .223/5.56 case containing the same bullets at the 6.8 SPC (basically lighter .270 bullets than are typically used in the .270 Win.
That conversion only requires a barrel change, where as the 6.8 SPC requires a new both and new magazines. (Making it a lot less attractive to civilian shooters with a lot of AR-15 parts lying around.)
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