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Inside The Army’s Pursuit Of A High-Tech 6.8mm Round | Task and Purpose
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Inside The Army’s Pursuit Of A High-Tech 6.8mm Round | Task and Purpose

This week, U.S. Army leaders revealed a much clearer picture of the service’s plan to replace its M249 squad automatic weapon and M4A1 carbine with weapons that share an advanced 6.8mm round.

For more than a year, modernization officials have offered few details about the Next Generation Squad Weapon program. But over the past three months, the service has taken tangible steps to advance the effort from concept to prototype.

The Army released a vague Oct. 4 draft solicitation describing its plans to award future deals to companies to build prototypes of the Next Generation Squad Weapon – Rifle, or NGSW-R, and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle, or NGSW-AR, chambered for a newly designed, “government-provided” 6.8mm cartridge.

Source: Inside The Army’s Pursuit Of A High-Tech 6.8mm Round | Task and Purpose