SIG Delivers “Next Generation” Squad Weapons to Army


NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 1, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce 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.

“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 & CEO SIG SAUER, Inc.  “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 down range 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 floating stock, rear and side charging handle, free-floating reinforced M-LOK™ handguard, full 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 entre team whom worked tirelessly in these unprecedented times, in the face of a pandemic, to deliver the SIG SAUER NGSW system to the U.S. Army.”


  1. Love these SIG press releases trying to pass off delivering another batch of trials rifles as winning the whole contract to the clueless public.

    “is the only submission entirely designed, engineered and manufactured by a single American company”
    Are they really trying to fool Joe Schmoe into believing their competitors are outsourcing the NGSAW program to China? Yeah sure it’s the only design made entirely by a single American company because the others are COLLABORATIONS of multiple American firms.

    • FWIW, I viewed it more as a video intended to help with selection for reasons other than performance (i.e., for politics, not performance) — probably to check whatever boxes their former military brass and current well-paid advisors told them they need to.

  2. “…offer exponentially better maneuverability, and are significantly lighter in weight.”

    If the use of the word “exponentially” as a synonym for “much” died as a victim of Covid, I would not mourn it.

    “Math is hard.” – Barbie

  3. Was curious about the “SIG SAUER 6.8mm Hybrid Ammunition”.

    Did some quick googling, and it appears to be the .277 SIG Fury: “Currently, SIG is moving forward with civilian versions of its 6.8mm cartridge developed for the competition, the 277 SIG Fury. This cartridge utilizes a hybrid case technology made from brass and other materials. The combination is rated to handle 80,000 psi of chamber pressure. By comparison, “magnum” cartridges typically produce a maximum of 62,000 psi.

    277 SIG Fury Ballistics
    This added pressure will drive a 135-grain bullet from SIG’s Hybrid Match cartridge 3,000 fps from a 16-inch barrel, and produce 2,694 ft.-lbs. of energy. The 135-grain bullet has a respectable .488 G1 BC.

    SIG’s 277 Fury Hybrid Hunting load features a 140-grain bullet with a .508 G1 BC, launching from a 16-inch barrel at 2,950 fps. That one produces 2,706 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy, too.

    One of the benefits of creating hybrid case technology for SIG is that the case is 20-percent lighter in weight for a loaded cartridge than a standard brass-cased cartridge.”

    So it looks to be a slightly heavier bullet than 6.8 spc and running ~12% faster as well, despite it’s heavier bullet. No idea if it’s an AR15 or AR10 magwell case length, or in between.


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