Sig Sauer has been awarded the long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract for replacing legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, the US Army announced on 19 January.
It is understood that Sig Sauer bested bids from Beretta, FN Herstal, and Glock, after Smith & Wesson and partner General Dynamics Ordnance Tactical Systems (GDOTS) had earlier been dropped from the programme. A total of nine bids were submitted, according to a separate Pentagon statement.
The army said Sig Sauer "will provide handguns, accessories, and ammunition under a contract" with a USD580.217 million maximum ceiling.
"Following a thorough operational test, fielding of the modular handgun is expected to begin in 2017," according to the army.
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