Washington. 10 July 2018. Textron Systems received a contract from the U.S. Army to develop a prototype for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) program. The prototype that Textron Systems develops could potentially replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in Brigade Combat Teams.

Under this contract, Textron Systems will build on its current portfolio of Cased-Telescoped Weapons & Ammunition to develop and deliver a system demonstrator. Based on program requirements, the prototype will weigh less than 12 pounds, with ammunition weighing 20 percent less than an equal brass case.

Textron Systems’ prototype will be an intermediate caliber, high-velocity, magazine-fed system. This builds upon two related awards that Textron Systems recently received from the U.S. Army for advanced weapons and fire control technologies – one for Next Generation Squad Weapon Technologies (NGSW-T), and another for fire control capability development.