Carbine Competition

The Army sets its sights on its next carbine

Service leaders detailed what they want — and how they plan to get it — in a June 30 request for proposal. It seeks “an assault weapon that will provide accuracy, lethality, minimized visual and aural signature and survivability enhancements to all Army formations. … This weapon will possess the capability, in offensive and defensive operations, to destroy or neutralize the adversary and their capabilities, at any time and in any place.”

The RfP allows competitors to submit only one weapon for consideration. There are no caliber restrictions.

But before all you 6.8 or 6.5 fans get hot and bothered

Although many modern carbines are multicaliber weapons, they will compete with one caliber. And if a weapon’s caliber is not 5.56mm or 7.62mm, the manufacturer must provide 234,000 rounds to cover all tests.

And Murdoc’s guess is that any round other than 5.56 or 7.62 will count as a mark against the gun even if the round outperforms the standards.

Phase I of the competition will focus on technical aspects, the builder’s production capability, and cost.

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