The acquisition of the NGSW System by the US Army signals the start of a new era in which suppressors are standard issue equipment for combat weapons.
The US Army has awarded Sig Sauer a 10-year contract with an initial delivery order of $20.4 million and a maximum value of $4.7 billion. The business will deliver a family of weapons totaling up to 250,000 rifles and light machine guns under this deal. Within the close combat force, the XM5 Rifle will replace the M4/M4A1 carbine, while the XM250 Automatic Rifle will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). After winning the handgun contract in 2017, Sig Sauer is now the Army’s top small weapons supplier for close combat and special operations personnel. The new weapons are slated to go through operational testing in the third quarter of FY ’23, with the first unit receiving the M5/M250 in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Army’s close combat unit and special operations troops will need 120,000 weapons (107,000 M5 and 13,000 M250).