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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