Textron Systems has been selected by the US Army’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons as one of the orgamisations to deliver prototypes for evaluation under the service’s Next-Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) programme, the company announced on 30 August.
The solution to be delivered will be based on the company’s mature, high-performance cased telescoped (CT) technology. Under this award, Textron Systems will deliver 43 6.8mm CT NGSW-Automatic Rifles and 53 NGSW-Rifles, as well as 845,000 rounds of CT ammunition, during a 27-month period of performance.
To support the NGSW prototype programme, Textron Systems leads a world-class team that offers decades of trusted small arms experience and includes Heckler & Koch as well as Olin Winchester. Heckler & Koch provides renowned small arms design, research and development and manufacturing capabilities, while Olin Winchester brings renowned small-calibre ammunition production capabilities.
“We have assembled a team that understands and can deliver on the rigorous requirements for this US Army programme with mature and capable technology, reliable programme execution and dedicated user support,” explained Textron Systems’ Senior Vice President, Applied Technologies and Advanced Programs, Wayne Prender.
Textron Systems has successfully demonstrated its high capability and low-risk 6.8mm CT system, which provides significant performance enhancement compared with current Army systems. The design features improved accuracy and greater muzzle velocity for increased performance, as well as weight savings in both weapon and ammunition. It also incorporates advanced suppressor technology to reduce the firing signature and improve controllability.
Under earlier development programs, Textron Systems successfully scaled its lightweight CT technology into numerous calibres and configurations, demonstrating its technical maturity and scalability for future growth to support US close combat forces against current and future adversaries.