A Chronology of Development by Daniel E. Watters
Antigua and Barbuda import 150 M16A4.
New Zealand imports 17 M4 carbines.
Mexico imports 496 Colt RO977.
FB Radom, with the co-operation of commandos from 1st PSK Lubliniec, create a modular carbine variant of the Beryl rifle. The new design is known as Beryl Commando. Rather than starting new acceptance trials, the Polish Army instead decides to buy 20 sets of conversion parts (all but the shorter barrel) to modify existing Beryl rifles.
IWI transfers production of the Galil to INDUMIL in Colombia.
Colombia imports 400 Daewoo K3.
Indonesia imports 110 Daewoo K3.
The Indonesian Air Force receives 22 SIG SG552 SWAT from Poland.
Japan procures 6,064 Type 89 rifles and 381 FN Minimi.
Latvia imports 1,400 HK G36.
Mexico imports six HK G36C.
Slovakia imports six HK G36KV, nine G36CV, and one G36KV3.
South Africa imports one Daewoo K3.
Thailand imports two Daewoo K3.
Trinidad and Tobago import 200 IWI Galil.
Mexico imports two HK MP7A1.
Slovakia imports one HK MP7A1.
Latvia imports 130 HK AG36.
Mexico imports 307 M203PI.
Slovakia imports five HK AG36.
HK completes delivery of the last batch of upgraded SA80. The upgrade program totaled 178,000 L85A2 and 12,000 L86A2.
Colt’s Grzegorz Kuczynko and Joshua Dorsey file a patent application for a rate reducer and over-the-beach (OTB) modification of the M4’s buffer tube.
TACOM awards a $6,661,200 delivery order to Aimpoint for 24,400 M68. Later in the month, TACOM modifies this delivery order to reduce the individual cost of the M68, and increase the number of sights ordered by 455. The award is reduced by $60.
TACOM–ARDEC issues a sources-sought notice for COTS/NDI magnified optics for the M4 and M16. The magnified optic shall have an illuminated chevron reticule visible under all lighting conditions, without the use of batteries as the sole source of illumination. The magnified optic shall be a fixed magnification between 3.9 to 4.1 power and a field of view of 7 degrees or greater, providing the capability to engage targets from 100 to 300 meters (threshold) and 100 to 800 meters (objective). The optic shall be produced in one reticule averaged for the M4 and M16 family of weapons, which shall provide bullet-drop compensation calibrated for M855 ammunition to a range of 800m, set in range increments of 100m. The magnified optic shall be capable of mounting to both the MIL-STD-1913 rail system and upper receiver of the M16A2 without inhibiting the independent use of iron sights. The magnified optic shall not inhibit the ability of the user to see and engage targets with both eyes open. The magnified optic must allow for rough handling, maintain zero during operational modes, and shall be able to be carried by the optic body. The magnified optic should operate in and withstand the environmental conditions in which the soldier may be employed. The magnified optic shall contain a Laser Filter Unit, or be compatible with existing Laser eye protection.
TACOM–ARDEC issues a sources-sought notice for COTS/NDI Machine Gun Weapon Optics for the M249, M60, and M240. The device shall have a fixed magnification of 3.5x (+/- 0.5x) with a field of view of no less than 8 degrees, contain a lighted reticule with bullet drop compensation lines out to 1200 meters, manually adjustable brightness, and the capability to incorporate a light signature reduction device and a Laser Filter Unit. The scope must be mountable on MIL-STD-1913 rail system, and maintain zero retention during and after weapon firing. Optic must be able to withstand the rigors of use in a military environment and maintain zero during extended periods of use. The power source must be commonly available or found on a standardized list of military batteries. Preferred batteries types are AA or 1/3N in either lithium or alkaline compositions. The battery shall have a lifetime of at least 7 days in extremely cold condition. The optic device shall not contain any radioactive materials.
TACOM–ARDEC, on behalf of PM-Soldier Weapons, issues a solicitation for a COTS/NDI suppressor for the M4 Carbine and M16A2/4 Rifle, which would improve muzzle control and reduce the weapon signature (i.e. dust, flash, noise and smoke) of the weapon system. The M4 Carbine and M16A2/4 Rifle Suppressor will allow the Soldier to engage targets without being detected. The suppressor must not weigh more than 24 ounces and not increase the weapon system length by more than 7.6 inches. The suppressor must not require any tools to attach or remove it from the weapon system. The suppressor must have coatings resistant to abrasion, corrosion, impact, and chemicals. Each suppressor will be supplied with a heat resistant storage pouch that is MOLLE and ALICE compatible. This pouch must be heat resistant up to the maximum operating temperature of the suppressor.
FISCSD, on behalf of the Navy’s EOD Group 1, issues a sole-source solicitation to Austin Precision Products (LaRue Tactical) for thirty LT139-1″ SPR/M4 EER QD Mounts, thirty LT139-30MM SPR/M4 EER QD Mounts, 250 LT110 EOTech QD Mounts, and 250 LT124 PEQ-2 QD Mounts.
TACOM awards a $6,232,800 contract modification to Okay Industries for 980,000 M16 thirty round magazines.
TACOM awards a $7,712,600 contract modification to Center Industries for 980,000 M16 thirty round magazines.
ARDEC‘s 40mm Non-Lethal Ammunition Engineering branch issues a sources sought notice for pressure mapping technology to assess the non-lethality of 40mm non-lethal projectiles. This investigation consists of shooting a non-lethal projectile into a sensor surface that is backed with a soft resilient material, and obtaining pressure vs. time and area vs. time maps in a digital output format. The sensor will be able to survive repeated low velocity impacts, operate in temperature extremes, and high humidity environments. The impacts will range in magnitude from 0 to 1000psi and possibly higher. The sensor must be capable of obtaining pressure data with an accuracy of plus/minus 1psi. Respondents must be capable of providing the sensor, training in the proper use of the sensor, and any associated software programs. This market survey is intended to find suitable technology to replace the clay block test (NIJ-STD 0101.04) in the evaluation and qualification of the M1006 non-lethal munition. The testing technology will eventually be used with the M1012, M1013 and M1029 rounds as well. This sensor will also be used to evaluate the performance of kinetic energy non-lethal rounds in development.
TACOM, on behalf of the PM-Soldier Weapons, issues a solicitation for a NDI carbine that is capable of firing US standard M855 and M856 ammunition. This will be a capabilities based competition matched to a performance requirement, not to a detailed design technical data package. The carbine must demonstrate a minimum of 3,800 Mean Rounds Between Essential Function Failure (MRDEFF ) for Class III malfunctions (non-operator correctable malfunctions) and a minimum of 600 MRDEFF for Class I and II malfunctions combined (Class I malfunctions are operator clearable within 10 seconds; Class II malfunctions require more than 10 seconds but less than 10 minutes to clear but can be corrected by the operator with available equipment). Each weapon must incorporate MIL-STD-1913 rails, and be compatible with currently fielded sighting, aiming, and illuminating devices. These devices include but are not limited to: the M68 CCO, the AN/PEQ-2A, the AN/PAQ-4B/C, the AN/PAS-13, the AN/PVS-14, and the AN/PVS-4. In addition, each carbine must be compatible with the M203 Grenade Launcher. A properly zeroed carbine will enable a soldier firing from the prone position to engage E-type silhouettes and hit each target 15 out of 30 rounds from 300m. The carbine shall have a sustained rate of fire greater than or equal to 45 rounds per minute without degrading reliability. The carbine must not weigh more than 6.5 lbs, unloaded. The carbine shall have a minimum barrel life of 10,000 rounds.
ARDEC, on behalf of the PM-Soldier Weapons, issues a solicitation for a NDI Light Machine Gun that is capable of firing US standard M855 and M856 ammunition. This will be a capabilities based competition matched to a performance requirement, not to a detailed design technical data package. The following performance characteristics are required: The LMG will be capable of accurately engaging individual and multiple targets out to 600m, and suppressing targets out to 1,000m. The LMG must be capable of pulling 2.86kg of belted ammunition, and require no headspace or timing adjustments. The LMG shall have a regular barrel and short barrel that exhibit barrel life of 15,000 rounds, permit barrel change by the operator in 20 seconds or less, and minimize smoke, flash, and dust. The LMG shall have a MRBS of 1,600 rounds for Class I malfunctions, and a MRBF of 16,000 rounds for Class III (Severe Failure). It must function reliably under all environmental conditions including hot, cold, salt spray, NBC agents, standard decontaminates, and fungi. The LMG shall be capable of emplacement and operation while the operator is wearing the individual protective mask and/or special environmental protective clothing for cold weather or NBC conditions. The LMG must have a receiver life of 50,000 rounds and be capable of surviving airborne operations without degradation. Operator maintenance shall be performed without the use of tools and operator parts replacement shall not require the use of any special tools. The contractor will be required to provide all required cleaning /maintenance equipment as part of the system. It is anticipated that establishment of a domestic production capability may be required.
TACOM‘s Executive for Contracting, on behalf of PEO-Soldier, sends a letter to Colt stating that the two principal reasons for the NDI 5.56mm carbine solicitation notice were the high price of the M4 carbine and the potential to procure a carbine with improved capabilities and performance. The Executive for Contracting states that the Army will conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether to continue the acquisition of the M4 carbine. In conclusion, the Executive for Contracting requests that Colt propose a price reduction for the M4.
Colt’s Paul Hochstrate, Laurance Robbins, and Arthur F. Daigle file a patent application for a monolithic upper receiver.
TACOM awards a $80,082.75 contract to Bushmaster for 21 M4A3 carbines, 9 Gemtech sound suppressors, 21 Aimpoint M2 sights, nine 40mm grenade launchers, and other items. This is part of a FMS package for Malaysia. This is followed by another TACOM award of a $649,853.49 contract to Bushmaster for 80 M4A3 14.5″ carbines, 80 Trijicon TA01NSN ACOG scopes, 80 Trijicon RX05-14 reflex sights, 80 DBAL-I-IR lasers, 80 M4-QD Model G5 quick detach sound suppressors, eighty 40mm grenade launchers, 1,520 spare 30 round magazines, and assorted other items. This is for a FMS to the Czech Republic.
ARDEC issues a sole-source solicitation to Red Sled Inc. for 35,000 to 52,500 M240B/M249 Sling Assemblies.
NAVICP awards a $48,597 contract to Aimpoint.
TACOM awards a $30,957,720 delivery order to KAC for 30,000 M4 RAS, 32,000 M5 RAS, and 10,000 M203 Quick Release Brackets. Later in the month, TACOM awards an additional $1,752,115.68 delivery order to KAC for 6,363 M4 RAS for USMC M4 carbines.
ARDEC awards a $4,925 contract to Southeastern Weaponry Research (SWR) for the CQB Kit Bipod/Forward Grip. The initial quantity is for 50 units with additional options possible for up to 40,050 units.
ARDEC awards a $5,455,606 contract to Safety Systems Corp. for the M4 Surefire Weapon Light RFI.
C-More’s Ira M. Kay receives US Patent #7,000,345 titled “Underbarrel shotgun.”
The Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity conducts an analysis of the XM25/XM29 25mm grenade. It concludes that the 25mm ammunition will be more effective than existing weapon systems using both 40mm grenades and 5.56mm ammunition.
HK‘s Johannes Murello files an US patent application for the scope mount attachment system for the XM25.
TACOM issues a solicitation for M203A1 grenade launchers.
PM-Ammunition, MARCORSYSCOM issues a sources sought notice for a COTS/NDI NATO-qualified 40x46mm HEDP cartridge for use in the M203 Grenade Launcher. It is desired that the contractor: 1) Have a non-developmental warhead with a high penetration capability against a variety of targets plus a high fragmentation effect; 2) Have a non-developmental self-destruct fuzing mechanism that meets the requirements of MIL-STD-1316E or STANAG 3525 specifications; and 3) Have existing production tooling/line capable of producing a minimum of 50,000 cartridges within 90 days of contract award.
Colt’s president and CEO reply to TACOM‘s February letter. Colt proposes a revised price structure for the M4 carbine through December 31, 2007. They further stated that if the Government provides Colt with their future procurement plans, then Colt could possibly provide an even larger price reduction for the M4 carbine. TACOM replies by discussing M4 carbine annual procurement quantities for FY 2007 through FY 2009. In response, Colt proposes further price reductions for FY 2008, FY 2009, and beyond.
ARDEC issues a sole-source solicitation to FN Manufacturing for engineering services (System Technical Support: STS) to support the M240 and the M249 SAW . The technical services will include engineering services, facilities, supplies, materials and testing to accomplish specific technical tasks for the M240 and the M249. This may include design modification, prototype component fabrication, system testing, engineering studies and logistic support. This effort applies to all fielded, warehoused and in-process M249 and M240 and related peripheral equipment.
NSWC-Crane issues a sole-source solicitation to FN Manufacturing for the retrofit and overhaul of the Mk 46 Mod 0, Mk 48 Mod 0, and M240 to “near new” condition. This refurbishment will include conversion to Mk 46 Mod 1, Mk 48 Mod 1, and M240B standard configurations, respectively. The contract minimum is $100,000 with an estimated maximum amount not to exceed $4,000,000.
NSWC-Crane issues a solicitation for 7,648,000 to 43,334,400 rounds of linked 5.56mm Frangible Ammunition.
KAC‘s Doug Olson and Reed Knight receive US Patent #7,013,592 titled “Guns with exterior surface configured barrels.”
The USMC awards a $80,080 contract to Trijicon.
ARDEC awards a $30,700 contract to Aimpoint for 100 CompM4 with QRP2 mounts.
NSWC-Crane releases a rough draft of performance specifications for the Clip-on Night Vision Device-Sensor Fusion (CNVD-SF) for the SOPMOD kit. Sensor fusion refers to the combination of image intensification and thermal night vision technologies. The CNVD-SF system is envisioned as a small, lightweight, highly effective system that will be used as a clip-on system, placed in front of the objective lens of existing riflescopes. It will be attached to the 12:00 MIL-STD-1913 rail of various small arms. The CNVD-SF will attach to the rail using a throw lever type mount. Additionally the sight may have other minor, supplementary capabilities, such as a stand-alone weapon sight or hand-held sensor. The CNVD-SF system will have the capability of interfacing with other devices and equipment via a digital imagery and data bus interface.
Tango Down, LLC’s Jeffrey M. Cahill files a patent application for the pressure switch pocket of their vertical foregrip.
The Army Contracting Agency-White Sands Missile Range (ACA-WSMR) Directorate of Contracting issues a sources sought notice for a Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted (STORM) Micro-Laser Range Finder (MLRF). The STORM–MLRF is a lightweight, low cost, multi-function laser system for the M4, M16A4, and M249. 55 to 8,600 units are expected to be ordered over a five-year period.
MARCORSYSCOM issues a solicitation for a Weapon Mounted Visible Light Illuminator (VLI). The VLI is a variable power illuminator that will replace current illumination devices. The intent of the VLI is to provide the warfighter with enhanced ability to clearly, easily, and quickly locate potential hostile forces and to quickly gain situational awareness. The VLI will also allow Marines to disorient and to inhibit an enemy combatant’s ability to easily see Marines. The VLI shall be compatible with the M16A4, M4, M4A1, and M1014 shotgun and shall not interfere in any way with the normal operation of the weapon (Threshold). Ideally, it would also be compatible with the M249 (Objective).
USCG Maintenance and Logistics Command-Atlantic issues a sole-source solicitation to the Simunition Division of SNC Technologies for 80 M16A2 conversion kits, 20 M4 conversion kits, 300 M16/M4 20 round FX magazines, 20 M9 conversion kits, and protective equipment.
ASA(ALT) Bolton states that he has signed an acquisition decision memorandum that approves the transition of OICW Increment II back to the Technology Base phase in order to address component refinement. However, it was actually transferred back to the Technology Development phase.
ARDEC increases the XM320 contract award by $46,665.50 to fund five inert XM320 Training Aids/Display Models.
PEO-Soldier completes a business case analysis to determine whether a competition for NDI 5.56mm carbines is justified. The business case analysis evaluates six competition options. The results are presented to ASA(ALT) Bolton. Assistant Secretary Bolton determines that the results of the business case analysis “were not sufficiently discriminatory to justify competition.” In addition, he directs PEO-Soldier to negotiate further M4 carbine price reductions with Colt. In addition, Assistant Secretary Bolton states that if Colt provides M4 carbines at a reasonable price to the Army, the Army will continue to purchase M4 carbines through June 2009, or until the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) approves a new requirement for a carbine.
Picatinny awards a $221,562 contract option to FN Manufacturing for 66 M249.
TACOM modifies the distribution of its September 2003 delivery order for 5,000 M16A4. Now, 4,000 will be directed to the USMC, 500 to El Salvador, 157 to Oman, 150 to Antiqua, 146 to Yemen, and 47 for local LE agencies in the US.
Malaysia announces its intent to replace the Steyr AUG with the Colt M4. The Malaysian government provides a Letter of Intent to SME Ordnance Sdn Bhd to supply 14,000 Colt M4 Carbines built under license.
TACOM awards a $299,846.44 delivery order to Polymer Technologies for 14,204 M249 100 Round Soft Pack Magazines.
Picatinny awards a $1,745 contract to Thor Defense for 50 Multi-Magazine Holders.
HK‘s Klaus Munst files an US patent application for rail grabber mount for attaching accessories to a MIL-STD-1913 rail.
ARDEC issues a solicitation for 94,664 M1006 non-lethal sponge grenade cartridges for use with the M203.
On behalf of the US Army, James Grassi receives US Patent #7,021,187 titled “Low velocity air burst munition and launcher system implemented on an existing weapon.”
HK‘s Johannes Murello and Wilhelm Fischbach file an US patent application for the XM29/XM25 grenade launcher’s receiver.
Metal Storm Limited’s James Michael O’Dwyer and Ramon John Bambach file an US patent application related to their 3GL three-shot grenade launcher attachment for existing rifles.
In the report, “National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2007,” the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services states that they believe the budget request for the OICW Increment I is not justified and recommend a decrease of $32.3 million in FY 2007 procurement funds. The committee also recommends redistribution of those funds to other small arms programs as specified in the report based on urgent need and in support of the Army’s restructured small arms acquisition strategy.
The DODIG issues the report “Acquisition of the Objective Individual Combat Weapon Increments II and III.” During an audit of the program, the DODIG determined that the Army had not completed the requirement process for the OICW Increments II and III. As a result, the DODIG recommends that the Army discontinue further development and funding of the OICW Increments II and III until each increment has a Capability Development Document (CDD) approved by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC).
HK‘s Johannes Murello files an US patent application for the twin paddle magazine catch of the XM8.
HK‘s Johannes Murello also files an US patent application for the bolt hold-open latch of the G36/XM8.
KAC officially unveils its 6x35mm PDW designed for the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). Hornady participated in developing the 6x35mm PDW cartridge, which is based on a modified .221 Fireball case.
TACOM awards a $2,305,047.00 contract modification to FN Manufacturing for 5,100 M249 Short Barrels. This is followed by a $2,150,021.29 contract modification for an additional 4,757 M249 Short Barrels.
- Have an illuminated chevron reticule visible under all lighting conditions (.01 to 1000 foot-lamberts), without the use of batteries as the sole source of illumination;
- Provide a capability to engage targets from 100 to 300 meters (threshold) and 100 to 800 meters (objective);
- Be produced in a single reticule averaged for the M4 and M16 family of weapons. The reticule shall possess a bullet-drop compensation calibrated for M855 ammunition to a range of 800m, in range increments of 100m;
- Capable of mounting to both a MIL-STD-1913 rail system and the upper receiver of the M16A2 without inhibiting the use of iron sights;
- Not inhibit the ability of the user to see and engage targets with both eyes open;
- Have a fixed magnification between 3.9 to 4.1 power;
- Allow for rough handling, and shall be able to be carried by the optic body;
- Able to maintain zero during operational modes;
- Able to operate in and withstand the environmental conditions in which a soldier may be employed; and
- Contain a Laser Filter Unit, or is compatible to be fitted with, a laser eye protection filter.
Later, the specifications are changed to specify that the RCO‘s reticule should match the M885’s trajectory from the M4 alone. Another requirement is added stating that the RCO shall contain Lens Coatings or a Signature Reduction Device (SRD). The procurement is projected to be for 100,000 RCO.
NAVICP awards a $47,428 delivery order to Trijicon for telescopic sights.
Picatinny awards a $7,660,218.25 contract to TRI Technologies for up to 90,474 M249 Improved Bipod Assemblies.
MARCORSYSCOM, on behalf of the MCWL, issues a sole-source solicitation to Metal Storm Inc. for an accessory under-barrel weapon for the M16A4. The weapon will use Metal Storm’s stacked projectile technology.
RDECOM–ARDEC issues a sources sought notice for the manufacture and delivery of a 40mm Nonlethal Extended Range Cartridge for the M203. This round is designed to provide an effective nonlethal point control measure on a targeted individual through kinetic energy upon impact or tag the individual by releasing a visible, indelible UV dye upon impact. The cartridge is intended to extend the range of current 40x46mm nonlethal round, the M1006.
HK‘s Johannes Murello receives US Patent #7,036,261 titled “Holding devices to attach an accessory to a firearm.”
USSOCOM approves low-rate initial production of the SCAR. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2007. An initial operational test and evaluation period is scheduled to follow between March and June 2007.
Deputy Chief of Staff (G-3/5/7) LTG James J. Lovelace issues a memorandum to ASA(ALT) Bolton. LTG Lovelace states that the Army’s introduction of a new carbine design without significantly improved performance is unacceptable and that the Army does not have a requirement for higher performance on which to base a competition. Further, LTG Lovelace explains that soliciting any requirement for a carbine capability has unacceptable risks, including potential schedule slippages, different operational characteristics, or the inadvertent introduction of new parts and assemblies that may not be fully interchangeable with the current M4 carbine and stocked items.
TACOM issues a sole-source solicitation to Colt for 46,675 M4 Carbines.
TACOM issues a sources-sought notice to identify potential Small Businesses who have the capability to manufacture the M16A4 Rifle. The potential estimated quantity is 48,000 over a 4 year period.
USSOCOM issues a sources-sought notice for the immediate procurement or rapid development of Improved Small Arms Ammunition for the USSOCOM family of Small Arms Weapons. These weapons include; the SCAR (5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm), and the Mk 46 (5.56x45mm linked) and Mk 48 (7.62x51mm linked) SOF Machine guns. The improved round must provide increased terminal ballistic performance including accuracy (2.5 MOA +/- .5 MOA), penetration of steel (.25″ of Mild Steel @ 300m) and tempered auto glass (without deflection), reduced flash, and maximum tissue damaging effects. The round will be environmentally friendly (lead-free) and pass legal review for military use. The round must be compatible with submersible operations in accordance with existing service procedures. The round must be sufficiently rugged to remain safe, operational and effective following exposure to the rigors normally associated with military operations, including air delivery and salt water submersion. A fully developed round is desired; however, a development effort not to exceed 24 months to delivery of production configuration is acceptable. Both domestic and foreign sources are eligible.
MARCORSYSCOM Infantry Weapons Systems issues a sources-sought notice for a small arms projectile which is “Blind to Barriers.” This notice is specifically focused on 5.56x45mm ammunition, but may be expanded to other calibers in the future. It has been observed that current issue 5.56mm munitions (M855 ball, M955 armor piercing and Mk 262) are severely degraded when impacting intervening barriers such as automobile glass, automobile doors, and common dwelling walls. This degradation has resulted in a diminished capability to stop the aggressive action of an enemy combatant or render him hors de combat. Therefore, the USMC desires a small arms projectile which is “Blind to Barriers.” Recent testing and consultation with the FBI has revealed that certain projectiles currently exist which are less effected by intermediate barriers than others. International treaties prohibit the use in armed conflict of small arms projectiles specifically designed to flatten or expand easily in soft tissue upon impact. It appears that a projectile specifically designed to be “Blind to Barriers” would not be contrary to US law or policy. Testing in ten percent ballistic gel would ideally show a wound profile comparable to the M855. Any “Blind to Barrier” projectile would require a legal review by the Office of Judge Advocate General, in collaboration with CMC-JAO and perhaps the DOD General Counsel.
PM-Maneuver Ammunition Systems issues a statement that their research has found no significant difference between M855 and commercially available 5.56mm rounds for close quarters fighting.
ACA-Fort Benning awards a $43,000 contract to Black Hills Ammunition for competition grade .223 ammunition loaded with 77 grain projectiles.
FN announces that the Slovenian Ministry of Defense has recently adopted the F2000 Tactical assault rifle and grenade launcher for its Armed Forces. FN and the Slovenian company Arex were awarded a EUR13 million contract for 6,500 rifles. Deliveries will be completed in the course of next year.
India conducts user trials of the Modern Sub Machine Carbine (MSMC).
ACA–WSMR awards a $118,122,070 contract to Insight Technologies for the STORM–MLRF. Insight Technology’s entry won out over the only other submission. The STORM–MLRF will receive the designation AN/PSQ-23.
Picatinny awards a $4,719,641.55 contract to Source One Distributors, Inc. for delivery of 16,419 Surefire M951XM06 Tac Lights with FM63 Infrared Filters.
Abrams Airborne Manufacturing’s (Vltor) Matthew J. Stoner, Cade L. Wilson, Gustavo T. Palacios, Jeffrey W. Henderson, and Gregg T. Mott receive US Patent #7,059,076 titled “Firearm rail system.”
TACOM issues a solicitation for 8,000 to 70,500 M249 Front Rail Kits. Each kit will include a rail forearm and a corresponding vertical pistol grip.
NSWC-Crane issues a sole-source solicitation to KAC for 900 BUIS, 575 QD compensator kits, and assorted RIS parts. Later, NSWC-Crane issues another sole-source solicitation to KAC for 200 Forward Hand Grips and 135 Grenade Launcher Mounts.
The MCWL‘s Experimental Division issues a sources-sought notice for telescoping stock equipment. This includes the following: Magpul M93 Carbine Stock, M4 heavy buffer and buffer spring, Castillo AR-10 Carbine Buffer with AR-10 Modified Spring, MSS Single Point Sling Mount (Black Steel), and MSS Snap Sling Receiver Mount.
RDECOM issues a solicitation for a COTS/NDI Machine Gun Weapon Optic (MGO) to be with the M249, M60, and M240B. The MGO shall have a fixed magnification of 3.5x (+/- 0.5x) with a field of view of no less than six degrees, contain a lighted reticule with bullet drop compensation lines out to 1200 meters, manually or automatically adjustable brightness, and the capability to incorporate a light signature reduction device and a Laser Filter Unit (LFU). The scope must be mountable on a MIL-STD-1913 rail system, and maintain zero during and after weapon firing. The optic must be able to withstand the rigors of use in a military environment and maintain zero during extended periods of use. The power source must be commonly available or found on a standardized list of military batteries, preferred batteries types are AA or 1/3N. However, the optic shall not contain any radioactive materials.
ARDEC issues a market survey to identify potential sources for a spotlight to be mounted on various weapons, including the M249 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon, M240 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun, and M2 Browning Machine Gun. The spotlight shall employ Xenon Metal-Halide High Intensity Discharge (HID) technology or equivalent. All high voltage hazards shall be shielded from the user during operation and interrupted during maintenance. The spotlight specifications are as follows:
- Minimum output of 3000 lumens at 35/50 Watts with field-replaceable bulb rated at a minimum of 500 hours;
- Color temperature between 4000K and 6500K;
- Maximum fixed beam divergence of 9 degrees; preferred remote beam divergence adjustment from wide mode (10 to 20 degrees) to narrow mode (0.1 to 2 degrees);
- Minimum detection range of 800m; preferred range of 1800m;
- Power input of 12V DC at less than 5.0Amps (RMS, steady state);
- Hermetically sealed from water intrusion;
- Rugged and corrosion resistant;
- Maximum light tube dimensions of 4.5″ Diameter x 8.0″ Length;
- Maximum weight of 5 lbs; and
- Minimum operating temperature range of -25F to 140F.
In order to adapt a commercial spotlight for military use with the above weapons systems, several modifications will be required. Any contract that may result from this market survey will require the flexibility for the following adjustments to the spotlight:
- Shock immunity of 400-500G with time duration of 0.7 to 1.1ms along longitudinal axis. This shock requirement is consistent with the shock and vibration profile for the heavy and medium machineguns;
- Attachment to MIL-STD-1913 rail;
- Zero adjustment to bore axis;
- Remote pressure-activated control switch;
- Interconnection to various external power sources: Cigarette lighter – BA-5590 – BB-390 B/U;
- Removable infrared filter;
- Replaceable cords with length adapted to above identified weapon systems; and
- Strobe mode.
TACOM awards a $1,014,720 contract to Airtronic Services for 1,208 M203 grenade launchers. These are for the US Army, USMC, and FMS. Later, TACOM awards a $2,805,369 delivery order to Airtronic Services for 3,382 M203 grenade launchers. These are for the USAF, US Navy, USMC, and FMS.
PM-Maneuver Ammunition Systems issues a sources-sought notice for the manufacture and delivery of the M100 GREM and M101 GREM–TP. The potential contract will span five years with yearly orders of up to 8,000 M100 and 50,000 M101.
ARDEC issues a sole-source solicitation for Airburst Non-Lethal Munition (ANLM) projectile development. This includes ANLM for the 40x46mm, 40x53mm, 25mm Low Velocity, and 25mm High Velocity grenade cartridges.
ARDEC issues the report “M433 Center of Mass Location Throughout Fuze Arming Cycle.” The researchers found that the distribution of masses within the M550 fuze may contribute to the instability of the fired M433 HEDP grenade.
On behalf of the US Army, Wayne Stevens and Jeff Windham receive US Patent #7,062,875 titled “Barrel replacement or insert devices for firearm function conversion.”
TACOM awards a $53,830,677 delivery order to Colt for 40,700 M4 and 4,500 M4A1. This is followed by another TACOM award of a $1,555,300.48 delivery order to Colt for 1,909 M4. The latter are for the Army National Guard and FMS to Thailand and Colombia. Later, TACOM awards a $432,817.32 delivery order to Colt for 533 M4A1. These are for FMS to Colombia.
TACOM issues a sole-source solicitation to Colt for non-functioning weapons: 9 M4 Carbines, 4 M16A4 Rifles, and 5 M203A2 Grenade Launchers.
USAF Materiel Command issues a sole-source solicitation to Colt for 1 to 2,528 14.5″ barrels.
TACOM awards a $240,661.44 contract to Bushmaster for 15 M4A3 14.5″ carbines, 65 M4A3 carbines (unstated barrel length), 64 Gemtech M4-96 sound suppressors, 1,400 spare 30 round magazines, ten 40mm grenade launchers, and various other parts and spares. This is for FMS to the Czech Republic.
HK‘s Ernst Wössner and Heinz Matt file another US patent application for the detachable barrel system for the MG4.
LWRC‘s Paul Leitner-Wise files a patent application for a gas piston system for the M16/M4.
TACOM issues a solicitation for 8,000 to 40,000 M249 Improved Collapsible Butt Stocks.
TACOM–ARDEC issues a sole-source contract modification to Tenebraex, Inc. for the manufacture and delivery of a quantity of 6,630 Laser Filter Units (LFU)/Anti-Reflection Devices (ARD) for the TA31F ACOG.
Joseph R. Moody and Joseph D. Gaddini file another patent application for the Grip-Pod.
TACOM awards a $425,600 contract to Airtronic Services for 448 M203A1 grenade launchers. The first delivery order is for the US Army, USAF, and FMS to Colombia and Bahrain. Later, TACOM awards a second delivery order worth $10,500 for 10 M203A1 for Colombia.
Picatinny awards a $1,271,089.42 contract to Defense Technologies Corp. for 40mm M1029 Crowd Dispersal Cartridges.
TACOM awards a $10,968,661.68 delivery order modification to Colt for 9,208 M4. Later, TACOM awards a $632,814.32 delivery order to Colt for 363 M4 and 370 M4A1. These are for the US Army Reserve, USAF, USMC, and FMS to Colombia and Yemen. This is followed by TACOM awarding a $133,469.36 delivery order to Colt for 110 M4 and 54 M4A1. These are for the US Army, INS, and FMS to Belize.
NSWC-Crane revises its June 2006 sole-source solicitation to Colt for M4A1 with CQBR upper receivers, and individual CQBR upper receivers. Now, it comprises of M4A1, Mk 18 Mod 0 CQBR, and individual uppers for each. The quantities will be determined by contract funding between $100,000 to $10,000,000.
AFSOC issues a solicitation for 50 Model RO979 M4 Carbines.
TACOM issues a solicitation for sustainment support for various weapons systems, including the M16. The contractor must possess a sufficient understanding of aeronautical weapons and small arms programs so as not to require training. Requirements include, but are not limited to: developing engineering modifications, provisioning repair parts, conducting system training, developing engineering drawings, submitting engineering change requests, conducting serviceability as required, and conducting component repair.
The USAF‘s Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell AFB issues a solicitation for 80 M16A2 training weapons: a 1:1 scale replica of the M16A2 including look, feel and operational characteristics of actual weapon. Safety features include a barrel bored to .212″ with no chamber, and a bolt carrier group that will not accept a standard bolt. This weapon must have all the moving parts of the M16A2 for training purposes and be able to be field-stripped for familiarization. The trainer must also have a magazine well which will accept standard M16A2 magazines.
TACOM awards a $214,600 delivery order to Polymer Technologies for 10,000 M249 100 Round Soft Pack Magazines.
TACOM adds 232 HK magazines to HK‘s previous contract for HK 416. The order worth $6,728 is to make up for the earlier deobligating of funds in June for kitting out 75 HK 416 needed for early delivery.
USASOC, Fort Bragg issues a sole-source solicitation to Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc (TSSI) for various types of Weapon Conversion Kits. This includes kits for 172 M4, 9 M249, and 144 M9, along with 164 M4 20 Round FX Magazines. Later in the month, this solicitation is cancelled.
MARCORSYSCOM PM-Training Systems (PMTRASYS) issues a sources-sought notice for approved COTS/NDI Special Effects Small Arms Marking System (SESAMS) 5.56mm Bolt Kits. (SESAMS is not a brand name, but rather a Marine Corps term). The SESAMS will be used to support force-on-force engagement training using the USMC‘s existing service weapons: the M16A4, M4A1, and M249.
TACOM cancels its June 2006 solicitation for M249 Front Rail Kits.
ARDEC, on behalf of PM-Soldier Weapons, issues a sources-sought notice for a COTS/NDI Tactical Sling to be included as a component of a Close Quarters Battle Kit. The Tactical Sling should have the following characteristics:
- Must attach to the front swivel and buttstock (at a minimum) on the M16 rifle/M4 carbine without the use of tools;
- Provide the Soldier with the ability to adjust for multiple shooting and carrying positions;
- Have a quick release type fastener to allow the Soldier to rapidly separate himself from the weapon;
- Be compatible with all Soldier worn clothing and protective equipment; and
- Must not interfere with the function or use of the weapon or ancillary equipment.
The contractor must be able to sustain a minimum delivery schedule of 10,000 per month.
NSWC-Crane awards a $4,052 contract to Wilcox Industries for Aimpoint mounts.
NAVICP awards $34,920 and $48,015 delivery orders to Aimpoint for reflex sights.
NAVICP awards $55,042 and $171,912 delivery orders to Insight Technology for infrared illuminators.
NAVICP awards a $107,337 delivery order to Trijicon for telescopic sights.
TACOM reissues a solicitation for 8,000 to 70,500 M249 Front Rail Kits. Each kit will include a rail forearm and a corresponding vertical pistol grip.
TACOM modifies its July 2006 solicitation for M249 Improved Collapsible Butt Stocks. The maximum quantity is increased from 40,000 to 55,000.
TACOM modifies an existing delivery order to Aimpoint. The number of M68 CCO ordered is increased by 425. However, since the price for the M68 has decreased by $11, the existing delivery order award is actually reduced by $397. Later, TACOM awards a $2,557,600 delivery order to Aimpoint for 9,200 M68 CCO. This is followed by TACOM modifying another existing delivery order to Aimpoint. The number of M68 CCO ordered is increased by 379. However, with the decreased price for the M68, the existing delivery order award is reduced by $7.
- Have an illuminated chevron reticule visible against a background luminance over the range of .01 to 1000 foot-lamberts, without the use of batteries as the sole source of illumination;
- Contain a bullet-drop compensation reticule calibrated for M855 5.56x45mm ammunition fired from an M4 Carbine to a range of 800m, set in range increments of 100m;
- Be capable of mounting to both the MIL-STD-1913 rail system and upper receiver of the M16A2 without inhibiting the independent use of iron sights;
- Not inhibit the ability of the user to see and engage targets with both eyes open;
- Provide a magnification of 4 power +/- 0.2 power;
- Must allow for rough handling;
- Be able to maintain zero during operational modes;
- Operate in and withstand the environmental conditions in which the soldier may be employed;
- Contain Lens Coatings or a Signature Reduction Device (SRD); and
- Contain a Laser protection Filter Unit (LFU).
The procurement is projected to be for 135,000 RCO.
NSWC-Crane issues a sole-source solicitation to LMT for 530 Sloping Cheekweld Buttstocks and 310 Rear Sights. Later, NSWC-Crane issues another sole-source solicitation to LMT for 300 Sloping Cheekweld Buttstocks.
NSWC-Crane announces that their Miniature Red Dot (MRD) Sight Product Improvement Project (PIP) may result in the procurement of 15 to 30,000 units. A public pre-solicitation conference for the MRD acquisition is planned for October 2006.
ARDEC issues a sources-sought notice for Accessory Rail Communication and Power Transfer Concepts. The system shall consist of the following:
- A method of attaching accessories to weapons, such as and including the MIL-STD-1913 rail;
- A method of communicating from the weapon to the accessory accessories to include, but not be limited to, fire control devices, flashlights, aiming lights, reflex sights, etc.; and
- A method of transferring power from the weapon to the accessory.
All methods of data and power transmission will be considered. It is imperative that any device be weatherproof, have no wires that can be snagged on brush or other obstructions, be shock proof, and allow boresighting and zeroing of the accessory. The technology must be of a level of maturity to provide a feasible communication and power transfer mechanism for small arms use in the next three to five years.
Picatinny awards $873,079 to Vertu Corporation (C-More Competition) for XM26 MASS tooling and travel costs.
ACA-Fort Lewis issues a solicitation for 160 Weapons Sights able to be mountable on Picatinny/Weaver rail found on M4/M203 upper receiver, M4/M203 upper front handguard, M249 feed tray cover, and M249/M240 foreword handguards. The sights must use AA batteries and have following characteristics: night vision compatible; waterproof to minimum of 33 feet; reticule of 65 MOA ring with 1 MOA dot; 20 brightness levels, to permit use during day and night; permit target acquisition without lining up with weapon sights or regardless of shooting angle; streamlined, with no protruding controls, to prevent snagging on clothing or gear; not require modification to weapon (except to remove carrying handle on M4/M203); 5 inches or less in length; and black in color.
ACA-Fort Shafter issues a solicitation for EOTech 552.A65.
Hanscom AFB issues a solicitation for 25 AN/PAQ-4C with adaptors for the M16 and M4.
USAF Air Mobility Command, 305th CONS – McGuire AFB issues a solicitation for 52 each M4 and M9 Simunition conversion kits, 348 M4 conversion kit magazines, and protective gear. Later, McGuire AFB issues a solicitation for Simunition M4 conversion bolts, M249 conversion kits, and additional protective gear.
ARDEC, on behalf of PM-Soldier Weapons (PM-Soldier Weapons), issues a sole-source solicitation to ATK for the OICW PDRR program, Individual HEAB Weapon System Technology Development (TD) Project. The four overall objectives of the TD phase will be: 1) continue design of the Target Acquisition/Fire Control system; 2) continue design of the 25mm airburst delivery platform; 3) design the family of ammunition (Air Burst, Anti Personnel, Armor Piercing); and 4) continue integration of the subsystems.
TACOM cancels the 30 M203 on order for Ecuador.
On behalf of the US Army, Frank J. Dindl receives US Patent #7,089,863 titled “Non-Lethal cartridges with dense powder ballast.”
The DODIG issues the report “Program Management of the Objective Individual Combat Weapon Increment I.” The report addresses requirements, systems engineering processes, contracting procedures, and the milestone decision authority for the XM8 Program, which later became OICW Increment I. The XM8 / OICW Increment I is found to have had fundamental internal control weaknesses. The OICW Program Office awarded contracts for the XM8 before having a Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) approved requirement, and it did not obtain appropriate milestone decision approval before initiating the acquisition. The report declares that the OICW Program Office inappropriately spent $33.3 million in research, development, test, and evaluation funds for the development of the XM8 / OICW Increment I.
NSWC-Crane awards a $10,000,000 contract to Colt for M4A1, Mk 18 Mod 0, and individual upper receivers for each.
TACOM awards a $962,565.30 delivery order to Colt for 972 M4. These are for the US Army, INS, and FMS to Thailand. Later, TACOM awards a $216,913.50 delivery order to Colt for 190 M4 for the USAF. This is followed by TACOM awarding a $1,926,988.17 delivery order to Colt for 791 M4 and 899 M4A1. These are for the US Army National Guard, USMC, and Customs Service. Later yet, TACOM awards a $6,393,240 delivery order to Colt for 5,600 M4 for FMS to Afghanistan.
Picatinny awards FN Manufacturing a contract worth up to $4,500,000 for engineering services. FN Manufacturing will provide engineering services, facilities, supplies, materials, and testing to accomplish specific technical tasks for the M249 SAW and the M240. This will include design, modeling, technical analysis, TDP modification, fabrication of prototype components, and logistic support.
USAF Materiel Command awards a $121,626 contract to Colt for 14.5″ barrels.
Colt Canada’s G. Blaine Groves and E. Charles Franklin file an US patent application for a open-bolt/full auto and closed-bolt/semi-auto trigger group.
NSWC-Crane awards $32,718 and $13,776 delivery orders to Black Hills Ammunition for 5.56mm Long-Range Ammunition.
Aberdeen’s ARL issues the report “The Effect of Slug Material on the Behavior of Small-Caliber Ammunition.” Research was conducted evaluating the response of non-lead “green” candidate core materials as well as the current M855. Candidate materials included tungsten-nylon and tungsten-tin. Experiments were conducted on sheathed and unsheathed slug samples to determine their compressive response. It was found that each material exhibited a unique mechanical response. Finite-element simulations were generated to evaluate the relative response of each material during launch in a weapon with a linear rifling profile.
The ARL also issues the report “Experimental Studies of the Number 41 Primer and Ignition 5.56-mm Ammunition.”
During the annual Mexican Independence Day military parade, the Mexican military unveils its new 5.56mm assault rifle: the FX-05 Xiuhcoatl (Fire Serpent.) The FX-05 is manufactured by the Dirección General de Industria Militar del Ejército, the Mexican military’s industrial arm. The cost for the 30,000 FX-05 order is reported to be 100,744,525 pesos. This is in contrast to the cost of 945,241,875 pesos previously quoted by HK for 30,000 G36V. The FX-05 will be gradually phased into Army units, replacing the current issue HK G3, license produced in Mexico.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ David L. Steimke and Parke R. Warner file a patent application for a differential recoil LMG suitable for cased or caseless telescoped cartridges.
Picatinny awards a $365,000 contract to Nickels Tool and Model Shop for 7,500 M249 Short Barrel BFA.
NSWC-Crane announces that their upcoming CNVD-SF solicitation may result in the procurement of 15 to 10,648 units. A public pre-solicitation conference for the CNVD-SF acquisition is planned for October 2006.
NSWC-Crane issues a sole-source solicitation to Insight Technology for 50 AN/PEQ-2 Infrared Illuminators.
NSWC-Crane awards a $6,063 contract to Tango Down for vertical grips.
Picatinny awards a $1,815,246.75 contract modification to Source One Distributors, Inc. for delivery of 6,315 Surefire M951XM06 Tac Lights with FM63 Infrared Filters.
Picatinny awards a $698,000 contract modification to Thor Defense for 20,000 Multi-Magazine Holders.
Picatinny awards a contract worth up to $7,191,611 to Design West Aratech for 15,752 to 38,252 M249 Improved Collapsible Buttstock Assemblies.
ARDEC issues a notice stating their intent to award a sole-source contract modification to Vertu Corporation (C-More Competition). Vertu is to define the tasks and deliverables required in order for them to provide a baseline TDP for the XM26 MASS. This is followed by an award of $175,665.28 to Vertu for the TDP.
NSWC-Crane issues a sole-source solicitation to Wilson Combat for 520 Redi-Mags.
Joseph R. Moody and Joseph D. Gaddini receive US Patent #7,111,424 titled “Fore grip with bipod.”
NAVICP awards $67,106 and $37,700 delivery orders to Insight Technology for infrared illuminators.
NAVICP awards a $45,431 delivery order to Trijicon for telescopic sights.
TACOM awards a $4,903,010 contract modification to Center Industries for 623,000 30 round magazines.
ACA-Fort Lewis issues a solicitation for 110 EOTech 552A65, 110 GG&G Vertical Foregrips (GGG1169), 110 DBAL-Advanced2 Infrared Illuminators, 110 Magazine buttstock pouches (SG 289 ACU M4), and 110 Surefire M73 Rail mount assemblies.
ACA-Fort Hood issues a solicitation for Crimson Trace VF-302 Laser-equipped vertical foregrips for the M4 and M16.
ACA-Fort Hood issues a sole-source solicitation to K-Tech Aviation for 240 each M4 UTM conversion bolts and M9 UTM conversion kits. K-Tech Aviation is the sole distributor local in the United States for UTM products.
USAF Air Education and Training Command, Altus AFB issues a solicitation for 154 Yankee Hill M4 Picatinny Quad Rails, 154 Rail Covers, and 154 Standard Vertical Grips. This solicitation is later changed to request 100 KAC M4 RAS Mil-Packs.
Picatinny awards a $1,547,893.56 contract to AMTEC Corporation for 94,340 M1006 Non-Lethal Sponge Grenades with options for 804,980 more.
Picatinny awards an $8,237,820 contract to ATK for the Individual HEAB Weapon System Technology Development (TD) project. There are four overall objectives for the TD Phase: 1) Continue design of the Target Acquisition/Fire Control system; 2) Continue design of the 25mm airburst delivery platform; 3) Design the family of 25mm ammunition (Airburst, Anti Personnel, Armor Piercing); and 4) Continue integration of the subsystems. To achieve these objectives, it may be necessary to build, integrate, and test full-up systems.
LMT‘s Karl R. Lewis, James Arend Seabold Bargren, Jacob A. Schafer, and Neal D. Hohl file a patent application for the MRP monolithic upper receiver with interchangeable barrels, and an enhanced bolt carrier.
ARDEC issues a notice stating their intent to award a sole-source contract modification to Polymer Technologies, Inc. The requirement is to refine and fabricate hardware samples of the revised design of the existing Feedbox Support Improvement Kit (FSIK) and Dovetail Support Tool (DST) for the M249.
Picatinny awards a contract worth up to $8,718,947 to G&M Industries for 15,752 to 38,252 M249 Improved Collapsible Buttstock Assemblies.
NAVICP awards a $361,499 delivery order to Trijicon for telescopic sights.
TACOM awards a $321,900 delivery order to Polymer Technologies for 15,000 M249 100 Round Soft Pack Magazines.
On behalf of the US Army, Ronny Alzamora and Adam Foltz receive US Patent #7,117,626 titled “Magazine feed lips gauge.”
On behalf of LWRC, Paul Leitner-Wise, Robert Bernard Iredale Clark, and Jesse S. Gomez file a patent application for an improved M16 bolt that fully supports the case head of the cartridge.
ACA-Fort Huachuca awards a $17,077 contract to GT Distributors, Inc. for M16 3-Point Mamba Fighting Slings.
The DODIG issues the report “Competition of the 5.56-Millimeter Carbine.” The report reviews the canceled February 2006 solicitation for NDI 5.56mm carbines. The Army issued the solicitation because of the high price of the M4 carbine and the potential to procure a carbine with improved capabilities and performance. The Army planned to award contracts for 193,400 carbines with an estimated procurement cost of $294.7 million.
Colt’s Paul Hochstrate, Laurance Robbins, and Arthur F. Daigle receive US Patent #7,131,228 titled “Modular firearm.”
The Netherlands announces plans to upgrade 30,000 of their 50,680 C7 rifles and 1,400 C8 carbines.
KAC‘s Doug Olson and Reed Knight receive US Patent #7,137,217 titled “Auto-loading firearm mechanisms and methods.”
HK‘s Ernst Wössner and Heinz Matt receive US Patent #7,137,219 titled “Machine guns having detachable barrels and methods of operating the same.”
USSOCOM issues a sources-sought notice for day sights for heavy weapons, including the M249 SAW, M240B, Minigun, M2 .50 Caliber, and M230LF. The weapon sights shall include magnified and unity magnification sights and shall interface with an MIL-STD-1913 rail.
Picatinny awards a $2,909,012.90 delivery order to G&M Industries for 15,747 M249 Improved Collapsible Buttstock Assemblies. These are for the US Army and USMC.
Picatinny awards a contract modification to Polymer Technologies for improvements to the M249 200 Round Soft Pack Magazine, including the Feedbox Support Improvement Kit (FSIK) and Dovetail Support Tool (DST).
NSWC-Crane issues a sources-sought announcement for enhanced/medium range 40mm ammunition that can be safely and effectively employed from a shoulder fired grenade launcher. The ammunition must be compatible with the 40mm EGLM either in stand alone configuration or as mounted to the SCAR. A range increase is sought from the current 40mm low velocity ammunition performance (300-400 meters) to a range of approximately 600m (T) to 800m (O). The round sought must operate in all SOF environments to include submersion to 66 feet in seawater. The round must be capable of a minimum range of 600m with increased accuracy over current 40mm low velocity ammunition utilized in the M203. The government is also seeking information on the availability of airburst/programmable ammunition for use in the EGLM as well.
Program Manager-Close Combat Systems (PM-CCS) issues a sources-sought notice for 40mm reloadable non-lethal training kits for the M1006. The 40mm reloadable non-lethal training kit consists of primed and loaded propulsion system, cartridge case, projectiles, and any associated hardware for assembly and fire. The systems investigated shall be functionally compatible with the standard issue M203 grenade launcher while attached to the M16A2 rifle, M4, or the M4A1 Carbine. The following performance criteria must be met:
- At a minimum, have an 85 percent hit probability on an E-silhouette at 30 meters;
- Have a mean radius of impact points of a 12 shot grouping not to exceed 15 centimeters;
- Have a 60 percent hit probability at 50 meters; and
- Have a minimum 95 percent functional reliability in any environmental conditions.
All sighting and operating will be compared with the currently fielded M1006 Operator Instructions.
PM-Crew Served Weapons and RDECOM–ARDEC issues a sources-sought notice for 40x46mm Non-Lethal Extended Range Marking Cartridges. The round must be capable of providing an effective non-lethal point control measure on a targeted individual or materiel. It will work through blunt impact kinetic energy, and upon impacting its target, mark the individual/materiel. This mark should be Infrared (IR) visible out to 300 meters with current and future night vision enhancement devices, and during daylight hours, should be identifiable at 300 meters with the naked eye. The preferred minimum safe distance and maximum effective range is at least 15 and 75 meters respectively. At 50 meters, the round should give at least an 85 percent probability of hit on single E-silhouette, with a mean radius of impact points of a 12-shot grouping not to exceed 15 centimeters. At 75 meters, the round should give at least a 60 percent probability of hit on a single E-silhouette. The cartridge must also be compatible with the M203 grenade launcher.
TACOM also awards an $18,900 delivery order to Airtronic Services for 18 M203A1 grenade launchers for the US Army.
The US Army National Guard awards a $7,840 contract to R/M Equipment for M203 Grips.
The USMC awards $32,250 to Colt.
On behalf of the US Army, Ronny Alzamora, John Heinsohn, Brian Donovan, Kevin Russell, and Adam Foltz file a patent application for an alternative buffer assembly for the M4 carbine.
TACOM–ARDEC, on behalf of PM-Soldier Weapons, issues a sources-sought notice for a COTS/NDI Squad Designated Marksman Bipod to be included as a component of a Close Quarters Battle (CQB) Kit. The Squad Designated Marksman Bipod will provide the soldier with a bipod which shall provide a stable firing platform and have the ability to adjust cant and leg height for leveling on uneven ground. The Squad Designated Marksman Bipod shall be attachable to the M4 and M16 series of weapons via MIL-STD-1913 interface with the use of standard tools. The bipod must not interfere with the function or use of the weapon, ancillary equipment, clothing, or equipment worn or carried by the soldier.
TACOM awards a contract to Connectec Company Inc. for 8,000 to 55,000 M249 Improved Collapsible Buttstock Assemblies. The first delivery order is worth $1,259,200.
TACOM awards a contract to Hoosier Industrial Supply Inc. for 8,000 to 57,000 M249 Front Rail Kits.
MARCORSYSCOM‘s PM-Optics and Non-lethal Systems (PM-ONS) issues a sources-sought notice for a COTS/NDI Individual Weapon Night Sight Targeting Thermal (IWNS-TT) device. The IWNS-TT is a versatile, individual weapon-mounted, lightweight, compact thermal imager system. It will be clipped on in front of the AN/PVQ-31A and AN/PVQ-31B Rifle Combat Optic (RCO) on the MIL-STD-1913 rail equipped on the M16A4 service rifle and M4 Close Quarter Battle Weapon (CQBW). This device should require no additional boresighting or battlesight zero adjustments for the primary optic. The mission of the system is to enhance the Marine small unit leader’s ability to see terrain, and detect and recognize targets in all environmental conditions.
Grip Pod Systems, LLC’s Joseph R. Moody and Joseph D. Gaddini file another patent application for the design of the Grip Pod.
Magpul’s Richard Fitzpatrick and Stephen Hines receive US Patent #7,152,355 titled “Modular gunstock.”
MCB Hawaii awards a $10,953 contract to Owyhee Capital Corp. for Initial Attack M16 Buttstock Mag Pouches.
MCB Hawaii awards a $20,212 contract to Fire Force Tactical Gear for M16A4 3-Point Slings.
by Daniel E. Watters, Small Arms Historian
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