Infantry Weapons

AUSA 2018: New details emerge on 6.8 mm Textron Systems NGSWs

11 October 2018

Textron Systems confirmed to Jane's during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual conference that its submissions for the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSWs) requirement - the NGSW-R (rifle) and the NGSW-AR (automatic rifle) - will be chambered for a 6.8 mm cased telescopic (CT) cartridge. Moreover, it is understood that the 135 grain 6.8 mm projectiles have been provided to NGSW bidders by the US government.

The NGSW-R and NGSW-AR have been touted as replacements for the M4 carbine series and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), respectively.

Jane's previously reported that on 4 October the US Army issued a draft prototype opportunity notice (PON) for its NGSW, to be chambered for a novel 6.8 mm cartridge.

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