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Beretta supports GD-OTS on NGSW effort

14th October 2020 - 18:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Beretta USA makes Tennessee facility available for high-volume manufacturing

More details have emerged about the General Dynamic Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) proposal for the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) programme, with Beretta joining True Velocity in the team.

As reported by Shephard earlier this year, GD-OTS is competing against AAI Textron and Sig Sauer in the first NGSW  prototyping activity (called PT1).

GD-OTS is offering its RM277 bullpup design for the NGSW-R requirement to replace the M4/M16 5.56x45mm rifle. A longer-barrelled variant is proposed for the NGSW-AR squad automatic weapon replacement.

Beretta is providing R&D support and future high-volume manufacturing capabilities at its new facility in Gallatin, Tennessee. True Velocity is offering its 277 TVCM composite cased cartridge.

Having participated in reliability and performance testing at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, General Dynamics-OTS intends to include feedback from PT1 into their design before producing  samples of weapons and ammunition for PT2.

This phase is due to last for six months from January 2021.

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