The Army has selected Sig Sauer to manufacture and deliver the service’s Next-Generation Squad Weapon. The XM5 rifle will replace the M4/M4A1 carbine, and the XM250 automatic rifle will replace the M249 squad automatic weapon. Both new rifles will fire the 6.8-millimeter common cartridge family of ammunition.
The Army chose Sig Sauer after a 27-month prototyping and evaluation process. Under the $20.4-million contract the company will deliver weapons, ammunition, accessories, spares and will provide contractor support. The other U.S. armed services and Foreign Military Sales countries also will have the opportunity to purchase the weapons.
The Army stated that the two rifles were selected because they are light in weight, fire more ammunition with less recoil, offer improved barrel performance, and reduce both muzzle sound and flash. The ammunition includes both tactical and training rounds that are more accurate and lethal than the current 5.56 and 7.62 millimeter rounds.
Both the XM5 and XM250 are being paired with the MX157 advanced fire-control system.