Army plans follow-up industry day for new shoulder-launched munition

By Ethan Sterenfeld / July 20, 2022 at 3:21 PM

The Army will host an industry day Aug. 30 on a new shoulder-launched munition that will combine anti-armor and anti-structure roles, according to a notice posted today.

“This forum will provide an opportunity to inform Industry on the XM919 [Individual Assault Munition] intent and strategic approach regarding the program timeline, updated user requirements for the XM919 IAM and its training device, system level test requirements, and the anticipated contracting approach,” the notice stated.

Army officials will update industry on developments in the program since a previous industry day for the program, which took place in April 2021, according to the notice. The upcoming industry day will include a public question-and-answer session and opportunities for one-on-one meetings between industry and service officials.

Contractors should be able to provide a “mature production-ready” shoulder-launched munition that meets current XM919 requirements, according to the notice. The munition should weigh less than 20 pounds, and soldiers should be able to fire it from open and confined spaces.

The XM919 should be able to defeat light armored vehicles and penetrate some types of bunkers, according to the project manager for close combat systems, which leads acquisition for shoulder-launched munitions. The new weapon is expected to replace four more specialized weapons with a single system.