Textron Teams with H&K And Olin Winchester for Army NGSW Submission

Posted by Matthew Moss

The earlier Textron 5.56mm LSAT light machine gun. (Image source: Picatinny Arsenal, US Army )

Late last night TFB broke the news that the US Army had selected three companies to continue development of their Next Generation Squad Weapons prototypes. These companies include AAI Corporation Textron Systems, General Dynamics-OTS Inc. and SIG Sauer Inc. This morning we received further details from Textron about their NGSW team.

Textron have confirmed that they are working in partnership with Heckler & Koch who are providing not just design and development assistance but also manufacturing capabilities – the full extent of their input in the project is yet to be revealed. The NGSW program requires companies to develop their own ammunitionusing the Army’s new 6.8mm GP projectile, as such Textron have confirmed that they have developed their own 6.8mm cased telescopic or CT round which if selected will be produced by Olin Winchester.

No new photographs of the Textron submissions, for NGSW-R and NGSW-AR are currently available, although we have seen Textron’s belt-fed and rifle CT prototypes in the past. .
Textron’s new NGSW-R prototype appears to be a redevelopment of the earlier 6.5 CT carbine seen at AUSA 2017(Nathaniel F)

Here’s Textron’s press release in full:

Textron Systems Leads Experienced Team Selected by U.S. Army to Participate in the
Next Generation Squad Weapons Prototype Program

Hunt Valley, Maryland. August 30, 2019 – Textron Systems, a business of Textron Inc.
(NYSE: TXT), announced today its selection by the U.S. Army’s Project Manager Soldier
Weapons as one of three organizations to deliver Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) based on the company’s mature, high-performance cased telescoped (CT) technology. Under this award, Textron Systems will deliver 43 6.8mm CT NGSW-Automatic Rifles and 53 NGSW-Rifles, as well as 845,000 rounds of CT ammunitionduring a 27-month period of performance.

To support the NGSW prototype program, Textron Systems leads a world-class team that offers decades of trusted small arms experience and includes Heckler & Koch, as well as Olin Winchester. Heckler & Koch provides renowned small arms design, research and development, and manufacturing capabilities, while Olin Winchester brings renowned small caliber ammunition production capabilities.

“We have assembled a team that understands and can deliver on the rigorous requirements for this U.S. Army program with mature and capable technology, reliable program execution and dedicated user support,” says Wayne Prender, Textron Systems’ Senior Vice President, Applied Technologies and Advanced Programs. “Together, we are honored to support America’s soldiers with the next-generation capabilities they need in their most dangerous missions.”

Textron Systems has successfully demonstrated its high capability and low-risk 6.8mm CT system that provides significant performance enhancements over current Army systems. The design features improved accuracy and greater muzzle velocity for increased performance, as well as weight savings of both weapon and ammunition over current Army systems. It also incorporates advanced suppressor technology to reduce the firing signature and improve controllability.

Under earlier development programs, Textron Systems successfully scaled its lightweight CT technology into numerous calibers and configurations, demonstrating its technical maturity, as well as scalability for future growth to support U.S. close combat forces against current and future adversaries.
For more information, visit www.textron.com and www.textronsystems.com

And in the Sig continues to bribe it's way into everything government contract files:

BREAKING: US Army’s NGSW Program Awards SIG Sauer, AAI & General Dynamics

Posted by Matthew Moss

2015 CAD concept of what NGSW might look like - 2019 FDE edit.

TFB have been closely following developments in the US Army’s Next Generation Small Arms Program and it has been a while since we heard any major developments. On the evening of the 29th August, however, the Army Contracting Command posted an award notice for the NGSW program that signals progress in selecting the US Army’s next rifle and automatic rifle.
US Army’s NGSW Program Awards SIG Sauer, AAI & General Dynamics

Back in January the Army launched a Prototype Project Opportunity Notice (PPON) for the NGSW
, calling for the submission of prototypes to fill the role of the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R) and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR). Both the weapons were to be chambered in ammunition, developed by the submitting company, based on the Army’s 6.8mm General purpose projectile – NOT to be confused with 6.8 SPC.

Since January 2019, we have slowly learnt more about the programme and its aims, however, what the weapon systems that are submitted by most entrants remains unknown. We have seen prototypes from VK Integrated Systems and Bachstein Consulting and MARS Inc. and Cobalt Kinetics but nothing but hints from the major companies believed to be submitting. We now know that three companies have been selected to progress in the programme and have been awarded Other Transaction Agreements or OTAs.

These companies include AAI Corporation Textron Systems, General Dynamics-OTS Inc. and Sig Sauer Inc. If you remember the Army’s earlier Prototype Opportunity Notice (PON) for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR)NOT to be confused with the NGSW Program, you’ll remember that back in July 2018, contracts to produce NGSAR system demonstrator were awarded to AAI/Textron, General Dynamics, PCP Tactical and SIG Sauer. The Army has said that while separate this earlier NGSAR PON fed into the current NGSW program.

Navigating the complicated history of the US Army’s search for its next generation of small arms is not easy. Check out our earlier articles detailing the earlier phases of the search: US Army Calls for Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Prototypes (March ’18), Five Companies To Develop Prototypes For US Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Weapon (July ’18), Army Issues Call for New Next Generation Squad Weapons Prototypes (January ’19).

No value for the OTAs has been disclosed and the notice states that delivery of the prototype weapons within 27 months, this is in line with the Army’s stated aim of having the first unit equipped in FY2022. The ‘Acquisition Objective’ is to procure 85,986 systems (including an undisclosed number of rifles and automatic rifles) with an initial ‘Acquisition Procurement Objective’ of 17,972 systems.

Under Section 815 Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) authority, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2371b, the U.S. Army Contracting Command – New Jersey (ACC-NJ), on behalf of Project Manager Soldier Weapons, awarded three separate Fixed Amount, Full and Open Competition (F&OC), Prototype OTA’s to:

W15QKN-19-9-1024 – General Dynamics-OTS Inc. – Williston, VT

W15QKN-19-9-1025 – AAI Corporation Textron Systems – Hunt Valley, MD

W15QKN-19-9-1022 – Sig Sauer Inc. – Newington, NH

These Prototype OTAs will enhance mission effectiveness by developing two weapon variants under the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program and 6.8 millimeter ammunition common to both weapons. The weapons include the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R) and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR). The expected Prototype OTA period of performance is up to 8 years with delivery of weapons and ammunition expected within 27 months after award. The Prototype OTAs were awarded on 29 August 2019.
TFB will bring you updates on the weapon designs which won contracts as soon as information becomes available.