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Army advances search for lighter, more accurate sniper rifle

Jun. 13, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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The Army is seeking a shorter, lighter, more accurate sniper system to replace the M110. (Spc. Gregory Gieske/Army)
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The Army is a step closer to fielding a shorter, lighter, more accurate and more reliable 7.62mm NATO compact semi-automatic sniper system.

The service on Thursday issued a solicitation for proposals to replace the M110 SASS. The acquisitions office, Project Manager Soldier Weapons, intends to field a sniper rifle that is easier to carry, handle and maneuver in close quarters combat.

Along with ergonomic and weight upgrades, the weapon is intended to have advanced coatings; improved optics; reduced felt recoil; enhanced suppressor performance; enhanced modular rail capabilities; an improved bipod, trigger, pistol grip, and buttstock.

The Army plans to award a contract worth up to $44.5 million, starting with 30 of the weapons for a two-year series of production and operational tests.

After testing, the Army would purchase the weapons themselves up to 3,643 of them and then a technical data package as well as the rights to modify and reproduce.

Companies seeking to compete would either offer a new system or a means to retrofit the existing M110 SASS.

The SASS can be lethal at 800 meters. The CSASS will have matched or better capability at a 36-inch length and nine pounds, 10 inches shorter and seven pounds lighter than the SASS.?

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