Vortex to Supply U.S Army's New Rifles with 250,000 Fire Control Units

These XM157 type optical devices, worth $2.7 billion, will equip the winning submission rifles from the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW)

Vortex to Supply U.S Army's New Rifles with 250,000 Fire Control Units

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American company Vortex Optics has won a contract from the US Army to manufacture and supply 250,000 firing control units with a total value of $ 2.7 billion for a period of 10 years. These XM157 type optical devices will equip the winning submission rifles from the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW). In this tender, Vortex’s XM157 beat the submission from L3Harris Technologies.

The NGSW (Next Generation Squad Weapons) tender, currently being contested by Zig Zauer and Lone Star Future Weapons / True Velocity, is designed to select the rifles that will replace the M4 and M249 rifles in the US Army's infantry and close combat units. Thefirearmblog.com website estimates that the implication of this announcement of Vortex's win is that the U.S. military is set to announce the big winner of the NGSW tender in the coming months.

According the army announcement, the NGSW-FC system is a ruggedized fire control that increases accuracy and lethality for the Close Combat Force. It integrates a number of advanced technologies, including a variable magnification optic, backup etched reticle, laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator, atmospheric sensor suite, compass, Intra-Soldier Wireless, visible and infrared aiming lasers, and a digital display overlay.

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