Sig Sauer delivers Next Generation Squad Weapons to U.S. Army for testing


Sig Sauer announces the recent delivery of the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) system to the U.S. Army, consisting of lightweight high-performance 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, NGSW-AR lightweight machine guns, NGSW-R rifles, and suppressors.
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The MCX Spear is Sig Sauer's answer to the U.S. Army request for a Next Generation Squad Weapon Rifle.  (Picture source Army Recognition)


“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,” began Ron Cohen, President and CEO Sig Sauer. “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.”

The features and benefits of the complete Sig Sauer Next-Generation Weapons Systems are:

* 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.

* 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 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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The SIG Sauer MG-6.8 is a new light machine gun candidate for Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR) of U.S. Army Next Generation Squad Weapons NGSW program. (Picture source Army Recognition)


Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW)

For the US Army, the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) is a family of products that includes a Rifle (NGSW-R) and an Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR) that integrate an advanced fire control (NGSW-FC) and common 6.8mm ammunition. The NGSW-R and NGSW-AR are the planned replacements for select weapons system for individual soldiers, squads, and/or platoons, capable of defeating protected and unprotected threats. The NGSW-R and the NGSW-AR ensure increased lethality against a broad spectrum of targets beyond current/legacy weapon capabilities; increased range, accuracy, and the probability of hit; reduced engagement time; suppressed flash/sound signature; improved controllability and mobility.

The Next Generation Squad Weapons – Fire Control (NGSW-FC) is an advanced individual fire control device that supports the NGSW-R, NGSW-AR, and other individual and squad weapon systems. The NGSW-FC increases the probability of hit and decreases engagement time through a variable-powered direct view optic with an integrated range finder, ballistic calculator, and a digital display capable of providing an adjusted aim point. The NGSW-FC utilizes open architecture to deliver to an initial augmented core capability followed by increasing increments of capability over time as the technology matures and evolves.


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Sig Sauer Next Generation Suppressors (Picture source Army Recognition)


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