It looks like price played the biggest factor in determining the newest U.S. Army handgun system.
In a document released Friday, the Government Accountability Office detailed the factors that went into the Army’s decision to select Sig Sauer as the winner of its Modular Handgun System over Glock.
The final prices stood out, as Sig’s bid came in at more than $100 million cheaper than Glock. The total price of Glock’s bid came out to $272,232,563, while Sig Sauer came in at $169,527,169.
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The difference in price was specifically referenced by the U.S. Army when rejecting Glock’s protest over the initial decision, as per the GAO’s document:
“[T]here is no correlating superior performance factor for Glock, as compared to Sig Sauer, to support paying that premium. Consequently, I cannot justify paying a price premium of over 37 percent for the Glock submission, even as a second award. One (1) award to Sig Sauer on Solicitation Number W15QKN-15-R-0002 represents the overall best value to the Government.”
Price played a major role, but the Army’s decision also drew in seven other non-fiscal factors. Of those seven factors, Sig Sauer received a rating of “Outstanding” on three, “Good” on three, and “Acceptable” on one. Glock, on the other hand, received a rating of “Good” on five, “Acceptable” on three, and “Marginal” on one.
The Sig P320 will replace the Beretta M9 as the U.S. Army’s official service pistol.
To read more on the decision on the new Army handgun, please visit GAO.gov.