Firearms manufacturer SIG SAUER has been chosen for a $10m firm-fixed priced contract to produce ammunition for the US Army.

Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command, the contract will see the company manufacture the US military sniper MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD O 0.300 Winchester Magnum ammunition.

Sig Sauer president and CEO Ron Cohen said: “This award by the US Army is a validation of our state-of-the-art manufacturing that has resulted in the highest quality, and most precise, ammunition delivering on-target accuracy for snipers in the field.

“This is a very exciting development for Sig Sauer, and for the rapidly growing Sig Sauer ammunition division, and we are honoured to be recognised by the US Army.”

Work on the ammunition production contract will take place at Sig Sauer’s manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas, US.

The contract has an estimated completion date of 30 September 2024.

The 0.300 Winchester Magnum is a belted, bottlenecked rifle cartridge. It was originally designed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

Besides the US military, the ammunition is used by law enforcement departments, hunters and target shooters.

Sig Sauer’s MCX rifles, MPX sub-guns, 716G2 rifles, SP2022 pistols, TANGO6 series riflescopes, suppressors, and various other products and accessories are also used by the US Army.

In July last year, the US Army issued a full-material release (FMR) notification for Sig Sauer’s modular handgun system (MHS) that was developed in conjunction with Winchester Ammunition.