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Auditors deny Glock's protest of US Army handgun award to Sig Sauer

06 June 2017

A bid protest filed by small arms manufacturer Glock, challenging the US Army's new sidearm contract with Sig Sauer, has been denied by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The US Army's new XM17 handgun is 'Coyote Brown' in colour, has interchangeable hand grips, and is ambidextrous. It will be supplied in full-sized (pictured) and compact versions. (Sig Sauer)The US Army's new XM17 handgun is 'Coyote Brown' in colour, has interchangeable hand grips, and is ambidextrous. It will be supplied in full-sized (pictured) and compact versions. (Sig Sauer)

The long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) project, intended to replace legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, was awarded on 19 January with a total USD580.217 million maximum ceiling. The army selected the 9 mm Sig Sauer model P320 as its new XM17 handgun. The contract also allows the government to buy Sig Sauer's proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket and XM1153 Special Purpose ammunition and training rounds.

Sig Sauer is understood to have bested eight other bids; a total of nine were submitted, but the army has declined to reveal the other bids.



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