Textron Systems has delivered its Next Generation Squad Weapon-Technology (NGSW-T) prototype demonstrator that has been developed under a contract with the US Army.
The automatic rifle prototype was delivered to the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Centre and Joint Services Small Arms Programme (JSSAP).
Developed based on Textron’s cased-telescoped (CT) weapons and ammunition technology, the NGSW-T prototype is the first of the five weapon demonstrators that will be delivered for the JSSAP.
Textron Systems applied technologies and advanced programmes senior vice-president Wayne Prender said: “Moving from contract award to delivery of a revolutionary, next-generation weapon in just 15 months not only demonstrates the maturity of our CT technology, but also the project execution excellence our team possesses to rapidly fill critical warfighter needs on schedule.
“Our CT weapons and ammunition offer the growth path to a true next-generation small arms weapon for US warfighters, including increased lethality at longer ranges, while also delivering significant weight reductions to the warfighter.”
CT weapons and ammunition technology provides an innovative design that delivers improved weapon accuracy and manoeuvrability and decreases system weight by up to 40% without reducing lethality.
Technologies developed and demonstrated by the company under NGSW-T programme will inform the army’s formal NGSW project. These include weapon sound suppression, weapon and ammunition weight reduction and fire control integration technology.
Last year, the company received a contract from the US Army for the development of a prototype weapon for the next-generation squad automatic rifle-prototype opportunity notice programme. Weapon demonstration under the programme is scheduled for June.