Army to host Next Generation Squad Weapon-Fire Control industry day

By Ashley Tressel / February 20, 2019 at 2:08 PM

The Army is hosting an industry event in March for a fire-control system to go with its future Next Generation Squad Weapon.

The service wants the eventual system to include "a variable magnification, ballistic calculator, atmospheric sensor suite and laser range finder" combined with an "in-scope digital display," according to a notice released this month.

Proposed fire-control systems will aid development of the NGSW-Automatic Rifle and NGSW-Rifle, which will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Rifle and the M4 Carbine, respectively.

The "Next Generation Squad Weapon-Fire Control" is intended to give both NGSW variants "an accurate range to target along with an adjusted aim point for the selected weapon/ammunition combination," the notice states.

The service plans to release a draft prototype solicitation two weeks before the March 28 and 29 industry day at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. It will evaluate bid samples in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020.