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The Army’s next machine gun could fire caseless ammo — and one of these companies might build it | Army Times

The Army’s next machine gun could fire caseless ammo — and one of these companies might build it | Army Times

The replacement for the Army’s 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon could be an entirely new type of light machine gun that fires not only a different caliber round, but caseless ammunition.

That’s because one of the five companies recently awarded contracts to produce a weapon prototype by this time next year has been building weapons to fire that type of ammo for the past 14 years.

A notice posted Thursday included the identities of the five companies:

  • AAI Corporation Textron Systems in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
  • FN America LLC.in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • General Dynamics-OTS Inc.
  • PCP Tactical, LLC. in Vero Beach, Florida.
  • Sig Sauer Inc. in Newington, New Hampshire.

The companies were awarded a contract to provide a prototype for the Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle, or NGSAR. The light machine gun is the first planned major overhaul of small arms in decades.

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