SIG Sauer announced its acquisition of General Robotics today. The transaction gives SIG access to one of the world’s premier manufacturers of lightweight, remote weapon stations and tactical robotics for manned and unmanned platforms and anti-drone applications. It further positions SIG as a leader in weapons and systems development for the U.S. military and the world.
SIG Sauer General Robotics Acquisition Details
“This acquisition will greatly enhance SIG SAUER’s growing portfolio of advanced weapon systems,” said Ron Cohen, President an CEO, SIG Sauer. “The team at General Robotics is leading the way in the development of intuitive, lightweight remote weapon stations with their battle-proven solution.”
SIG is already on a roll, becoming a major supplier for the U.S. military in recent years. The U.S. Army selected the SIG Sauer lightweight machine gun (XM250), automatic rifle (XM7), and high-pressure hybrid ammunition for the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program. It marked a major step as the military finally moves away from the M16-based infantry rifle. Previously, SIG won contracts for the XM17 Modular Handgun System competition, officially replacing the Beretta M9 pistol. The NGSW program remains in the early stages. The U.S. Army will reach fielding at the squad level sometime in 2023, according to SIG.
“The combination of the General Robotics remote weapons station with SIG SAUER’s lightweight squad weapons and high-pressure hybrid ammunition will revolutionize small arms for military forces worldwide,” Cohen added. “This acquisition exponentially increases the capabilities of our lightweight weapon systems delivering transformative advancements in mobility, greater lethality and battle tested force protection for today’s warfighters.”
“General Robotics and all our employees are honored to join forces with global defense leader SIG SAUER to integrate our platforms into a single solution to support military units around the world,” concluded Shahar Gal, CEO, General Robotics.
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