Infantry Weapons

Netherlands seeks designated marksman rifle

02 January 2020

The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation announced a contract notice on 24 December for semi-automatic designated marksman rifles chambered in .260 Remington/6.5 x 51 mm, plus ammunition, additional rifle equipment, spare parts, training, and documentation.

The deadline for requests to participate is 21 February, followed by evaluation, with the award phase to be started in April 2020 with selected suppliers.

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) adopted the 6.5 mm Creedmoor/6.5 x 49 mm calibre in March 2018 to replace existing 7.62 x 51 mm/.308 Winchester semi-automatic sniper rifles. SOCOM in October 2019 announced plans to upgrade existing M110 semi-automatic sniper rifles to the M110K1 variant chambered to the round.

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