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Textron to provide CT technology for US Army NGSW effort

4th September 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Textron Systems has been selected by the US Army to deliver next generation squad weapons (NGSW) derived from the company’s cased telescoped (CT) technology

Contracted by the army’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons, Textron will deliver 43 6.8mm CT NGSW automatic rifles and 53 NGSW rifles, as well as 845,000 rounds of CT ammunition, over a 27-month period.

For its involvement in the NGSW prototype programme, Textron leads a team including Heckler & Koch and Olin Winchester, the former providing its small arms design, research and development experience and the latter its small calibre ammunition production capabilities.

‘We have assembled a team that understands and can deliver on the rigorous requirements for this US Army programme with mature and capable technology, reliable programme execution, and dedicated user support,’ Wayne Prender, Textron Systems’ senior VP for applied technologies and advanced programmes, said. 

‘Together, we are honoured to support America’s soldiers with the next-generation capabilities they need in their most dangerous missions.’

Textron 6.8mm CT system features improved accuracy and greater muzzle velocity for increased performance, as well as weight savings of both weapon and ammunition over current army systems, the company says. 

It also incorporates suppressor technology that reduces the firing signature and improves controllability.

Under earlier development programmes, Textron scaled its CT technology into numerous calibres and configurations, demonstrating the scalability it has for future growth.

Two other contracts were awarded for NGSW, namely to Sig Sauer and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. 

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