Five firms are developing prototypes for the Army's Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle, according to a notice published Thursday.
Textron systems, FN America, General Dynamics, Si Bauer and PCP Tactical will be developing a prototype to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon currently used. FN was given two contracts, according to a notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities.
These other transaction agreements were awarded on June 25 with a 12-month time frame. The companies are to produce a working prototype weapon with 2,000 rounds of ammunition, spare parts, tools, attachments and an operation manual.
The notice stated that the weapon "will combine the firepower and range of a machine gun with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle, yielding capability improvements in accuracy, range, and lethality. The weapon will be lightweight and fire lightweight ammunition, improving soldier mobility, survivability, and firing accuracy. Soldiers will employ the NGSAR against close and extended range targets in all terrains and conditions."
The NGSAR is the first part of the Army's Next Generation Squad Assault Weapon project.