US just keep going up – the new Textron military automatic rifle is perfect

WASHINGTON, (BM) – We know that the American army is in the process of renewing the small arms of the American soldiers. We’ve written a lot this year about Zig Sauer’s proposals, but today it’s time to introduce you to what Textron introduced as a new weapon for American soldiers – a new version of the squad’s automatic rifle. This is not one, but two versions of the weapon.

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Textron Systems is part of the US conglomerate Textron and part of the Next Generation Squad Weapons [NGSW] program of the US Army. This program also includes manufacturers Zig Sauer and General Dynamics, and in terms of optical systems and fire control are two other leaders in the optical industry – Vortex Optics and L3Harris. The main goal of the program is to replace the outdated shooting equipment working with 5.56 mm ammunition.

The new Textron rifle will differ significantly from the existing M249 and M4A1, which have been in service among the US military for years. Textron’s new rifle will fire 6.8mm ammunition, as witnessed last week during a visit by Gov. Larry Hogan, Commerce Secretary Kelly Schultz and Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson not anywhere but to the production facilities themselves of the American conglomerate Textron.

But what distinguishes the new automatic rifle from the current ones? Experts from the company Textron give a better explanation, as one of the first distinguishing features is the ammunition – 6.8 mm, which we have already mentioned. Another feature is the improved performance and design, which allows the weapon to be classified as “extremely accurate and precise”, faster firing and lightening of the weapon itself. However, the company says it has made progress in lightening the ammunition itself, which also affects the mobility and speed of the American soldier.

Another important feature, according to Textron, is the adjustment of ergonomics, which allows the soldier to have significant control over the weapon – something that today’s M4 is not famous for the same or at least lags far behind its competitors.

The Next Generation Squad Weapons [NGSW] program of US Army is expected to reach its full potential in the next two years, when serious deliveries of the selected weapon systems will begin. And it’s not just about some kind of assault rifle, it’s about a total transformation of the US military – from pistols and rifles, through ballistic missiles, intelligent control systems, targeting and destruction, wireless communication solutions, artificial intelligence and more. According to military experts from the Pentagon, the army is facing serious tests, but the new detachment attacking automatic rifle should be put into operation and therefore at first service in 2022.

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Supplies of new SIG Sauer assault rifles and machine guns for the US Army began

The United States Army began updating its small arms to a new generation of the German company SIG Sauer as part of a program to replace all rifles and machine guns, reported on July 2. The United States upgraded its army’s small arms to a new generation of German SIG Sauer as part of a program to replace all rifles and machine guns. The production and supply of weapons occurred on time, despite the coronavirus infection. This program is the largest in the last 50 years. The received cartridges have an increased firing range and efficiency, as well as muzzle velocity.

Ergonomics and recoil of the new machine gun corresponds to the performance of the M-4 rifle. Weight is less than 7 kilograms. Thanks to the optimization of the muffler, the removal of powder gases significantly reduces the visibility of the shooter in infrared rays, and can also reduce their impact.

“The SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons system is the only submission entirely designed, engineered and manufactured by a single American company. We are proud to deliver this comprehensive solution to the U.S. Army, with new capabilities to enhance mission effectiveness for our soldiers on the battlefield,” said then Ron Cohen, President & CEO SIG SAUER, Inc. “Our ammunition, machine gun, rifle, and suppressors far surpass the performance of the legacy weapons system in range and lethality, offer exponentially better maneuverability, and are significantly lighter in weight.”

SIG SAUER 6.8mm Hybrid Ammunition: designed to enhance mission effectiveness, this high-pressure, compact round combines a significant reduction in weight, with the ability to handle higher pressures resulting in increased velocity and greater penetration. Additionally, based on the cartridge design and the traditional manufacturing processes, the growth potential of the SIG 6.8mm ammunition is exponential.

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SIG SAUER Lightweight Machine Gun (NGSW-AR): with an emphasis on significant reductions in soldier load and enhanced combat performance, SIG SAUER designed the NGSW-AR to be 40% lighter than current systems, and dramatically reduce felt recoil while maintaining traditional belt-fed operation to increase downrange capability. The MG 6.8mm machine gun features ambidextrous AR-style ergonomics, quick detach magazines, increased M1913 rail space, quick detach suppressor, and vastly improves upon the operation and function of the legacy M249.

SIG SAUER Rifle (NGSW-R): a lightweight rifle built on the foundation of the SIG SAUER weapons in service with the premier fighting forces across the globe combined with the added firepower of the 6.8mm round. Features include a fully collapsible and folding stock, rear and side charging handle, free-floating reinforced M-LOK™ handguard, fully ambidextrous controls, and quick-detach suppressor.

SIG SAUER Next Generation Suppressors: designed to reduce harmful backflow and signature that feature low flash with a quick detach design.

“I am very proud that every component of the SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons system was manufactured at our SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire and Arkansas and is entirely American made. Our engineers have worked in concert to optimize the system, ensuring that every component is synchronized, and our soldiers are equipped for the demands of the modern battlefield,” added then Cohen. “Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the hard work and dedication of the entire team who worked tirelessly in these unprecedented times, in the face of a pandemic, to deliver the SIG SAUER NGSW system to the U.S. Army.”

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