The U.S. Army has selected three companies to develop weapon variants under the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program.
The companies selected are General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc. (GD-OTS), AAI Corporation-Textron Systems and Sig Sauer Inc., according to the Award Notice released by the Federal Business Opportunities website.
The Army is developing two versions of the NGSW for Infantry and close-combat units – the NGSW-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR) and the NGSW-Rifle (NGSW-R). The NGSW-AR will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and the NGSW-R will replace M4 carbine.
“These Prototype OTAs [Other Transaction Agreement] will enhance mission effectiveness by developing two weapon variants under the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program and 6.8 millimeter ammunition common to both weapons”, according to the FBO award notice.
The Prototype OTAs were awarded on August 29 and the expected period of performance is up to 8 years with delivery of weapons and ammunition expected within 27 months of the award. Deliverables for each prototype OTA include 53 NGSW-R weapons, 43 NGSW-AR weapons, 845,000 rounds of ammunition, spare parts, test barrels, tools/gauges/accessories, engineering support, and iterative prototyping efforts.
NGSW weapons are intended to be equipped with sophisticated technologies such as ballistic calculation, intelligent targeting and tracking capabilities, wireless communication and advanced camera-based capabilities, and is planned for fielding 2021 or 2022.
The Army is expected to procure up to 250,000 NGSW weapons — a combination of NGSW-R rifles and NGSW-AR automatic rifles — and up to 150 million rounds of the new 6.8mm ammunition.