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Army explores SAW replacement with NGSAR awards

13th July 2018 - 15:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in California


The US Army has awarded six Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) for prototypes of a Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR).

The NGSAR, which will address operational needs identified in various capability based assessments and numerous after-action reports, is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in brigade combat teams. 

A programme description notes that the new 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,

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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