US Army and Marines to get new assault weapons mid 2022
The US Army and Marines are to begin selection of three new infantry assault weapons prototypes from the middle of 2022 and once a prototype is selected the contract will be signed to supply special operations forces and infantry, Stryker and armor brigade combat teams.
The three shortlisted prototypes are Sig Sauer, General Dynamics and Textron Systems. Sig Sauer has built a weapon similar in style and feel to existing assault rifle configurations. The General Dynamics prototype has a bull pup design popular with foreign militaries while Textron Systems is relying on their caseless telescoped ammunition.
All three prototypes will use the 6.8mm and replace the standard NATO 5.56mm. The new caliber has better lethality, accuracy and performance than the former 5.56mm used by the M-4 and M-16 rifles. While the 5.56mm is lethal at 300m the 6.8mm is lethal at 600m.
“This is a weapon that could defeat any body armor, any planned body armor that we know of in the future,” former US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley boasts in 2019. “This is a weapon that can go out at ranges that are unknown today. There is a target acquisition system built into this thing that is unlike anything that exists today. This is a very sophisticated weapon.”
Source: Army Times
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