Army to begin fielding HK SDMR system.

Heckler & Koch Defense recently announced it was gearing up to deliver between 5,000 and 6,000 complete rifle weapon systems to the U.S. Army. The company says the Army will deploy them as M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR).

HK Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

The new HK rifle is a variant of the 7.62 G28/HK417. HK will manufacture the rifles in Oberndorf, Germany. Then the agreement calls for the company to import the arms to HK’s Columbus, Georgia facility beginning early next year. There, HK workers will install scopes and mounts purchased by the Army under a separate agreement, according to HK. Additionally, HK staff will kit the scoped rifles with additional accessories from 12 other U.S.-based manufacturers to round out the complete SDMR weapon system delivered to the Army. HK will also provide spare parts, support and training.

“This is a significant achievement for Heckler & Koch,” HK-USA COO/CSO Michael Holley said. “The HK SDMR system will add much-needed capabilities to virtually every squad in the Army. We are honored by this opportunity.”

Holley also added that the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle award, combined with the recent USMC M27 purchase, along with several other international contracts, further solidifies HK’s position as a leader in small arms development.

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