SIG Sauer just announced another major milestone for the company. SIG recently made the final delivery of the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) systems to the U.S. Army. The SIG Sauer NGSW delivery consists of 6.8×51 hybrid ammunition, the NGSW-AR lightweight belt-fed machine gun and the NGSW-R rifle, along with suppressors.
SIG Sauer NGSW Delivered to U.S. Army
“This historic moment is the culmination of an incredible collaboration between the U.S. Army and SIG. We commend Army leadership for having the vision to undertake this monumental procurement process and for remaining vigilant in their mission to bring a modern, transformational weapon system to the battlefield,” said Ron Cohen, President, and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Throughout the program, we have been given unprecedented access to the soldiers and Marines who will ultimately field these weapons. These soldier touchpoint events have led to rapid advancements over the current weapons systems and resulted in our delivery of the most innovative Next Generation Squad Weapons system to the U.S. Army.”
Each component of the SIG Sauer NGSW system offers significant advancements in battlefield weapons performance, according to SIG. The 6.8×51 Hybrid Ammunition features a lightweight cartridge designed to handle higher pressures. The resulting ammo delivers increased velocity and terminal performance.
The NGSW-AR doubles the effective range, weighing 40-percent lighter than the current M249. It maintains the preferred belt-fed operation, with reduced felt recoil and increased accuracy.
SIG MCX Influences
The NGSW-R builds on the foundation of SIG’s MCX platform. But now it adds the firepower of the new 6.8×51 round. Both the NGSW-AR and NGSW-R feature familiar AR-style ambidextrous ergonomics. The system delivers a seamless transition from legacy weapons to the SIG Sauer NGSW system. Finally, SIG Next Generation Suppressors reduce the sound signature.
“As a leader in the firearms manufacturing industry, we understand the challenge of bringing a system like this to reality. We designed our NGSW system to be production-ready and with every component coming from SIG, it presents minimal fielding risk to the U.S. Army. The form, fit, and function of the firearms is familiar to our warfighters so the transition in the training and qualification of soldiers and Marines is faster and easier, and despite its revolutionary design, hybrid ammunition can be manufactured on a widespread basis immediately. We have a proven and successful track record of delivering multi-branch, service-wide, successful weapons programs to the U.S. Army, and we stand ready,” Cohen concluded.
The designs and engineering advancements made during the NGSW process have already begun making their way into SIG commercial products. Advancements include SIG Fury hybrid ammo, the MCX-SPEAR semi-auto rifle and suppressors. For even more info, please visit sigsauer.com.