The Army recently selected three competitors to create prototypes for a new automatic rifle as well as a rifle with a common 6.8mm cartridge. AAI Corp. Textron Systems, General Dynamics OTS Inc., and Sig Sauer Inc. have each submitted their uniquely useful prototypes for the final decision. The Army ultimately decided on a 6.8mm caliber rifle due to history with veteran and developer Troy Lawton who proved it to be an effective choice.
One thing that future automatic riflemen will have is a selector switch so that the shooter can go to semi-automatic as needed. The goal is to have all rifles replaced by 2023 so that the implementation of new practices can be established. With more accurate and long-range weapons in hand, training will have to be updated. While there is no set delivery date or amount of rifles to be produced, a contract will soon be in motion.