Five companies have won separate 12-month other transaction agreements to develop automatic rifle prototypes for the U.S. Army.
The OTAs announced Thursday in a FedBizOpps notice will cover the development and production of a system demonstrator representative of level 6 technology and manufacturing readiness under the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle program.
The Army seeks an NGSAR weapon with a lightweight design and that could help soldiers hit targets at a close or an extended range.
NGSAR is intended to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon being used in brigade combat teams.
The awardees are:
- FN America
- General Dynamics’ ordnance and tactical systems business
- PCP Tactical
- Sig Sauer
- Textron’s AAI subsidiary