US Special Ops Looking for New Sniper Rifle
Advanced Sniper Rifle Competition
US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has released a sources sought notice to find the next generation sniper rifle. The Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) competition specifies a light weight, multi-caliber and highly accurate rifle.
The US government is performing market research to identify responsible sources within the national technology and industrial base who have the skills, experience, and knowledge required to successfully produce ASR System.
Advanced Sniper Rifle Specifications
US Special Forces want a rifle weighing 13 lb or less and no longer than 40 in that is capable of shooting 7.62 NATO, .300 Norma Magnum (NM) and .338 NM using conversion kit with an extreme accuracy of .5 Minute of Angle (MOA) at 300 m (7.62 and .300) or 1.5 MOA (.338).
It was also reported by Scout.com back in January that Joint Special Operations Command was also looking for next generation small arms. JSOC are responsible for Tier 1 commando units – e.g., SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force. A key problem had been heat generation from the suppressor at high rates of fire creating mirage effect with the potential to damage sensitive electronic sights and laser pointers.
Remington MK-21 Fails to Perform as Expected
Last year, the US Army announced that they had a Heckler & Koch replacement for the M110 SASS and SR-25 – both shooting 7.62 NATO. Remington had won a $80 million contract in 2013 to supply the US Army with 5,150 MK-21 Precision Sniper Rifles. So the question being raised is whether the Remington MK-21 failed to perform as required.
Remington Facing Competition from Barrett, Sako, Accuracy International
USSOCOM wants to replace much of its current inventory of bolt-action sniper rifles, including the MK13, M40 and M24. Contenders are expected to include Accuracy International’s AX-Series sniper system, Barrett’s Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD), SAKO’s TRG-42 solution, and Remington’s MSR.
USSOCOM has given a deadline of April 24 for responses.
Photo: US Army snipers using the M110 semi-automatice sniper system (FDE rifle) and the new bolt-action Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (a reconfigured M24) chambered for .300 WinMag (US Army).