Locked & Loaded: Army Tests Next-Generation Sniper Rifle

In April 2016, Heckler & Koch confirmed their G-28 rifle had won the U.S. Army's Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) to replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System.

The new G-28/M110A1 uses an aluminum upper receiver, weighs 8.4 lb unloaded and 15 lb loaded with accessories, fires a 7.62 x 51mm round, and is designed to pick off enemy forces from 800 meters away.

In May 2018, the U.S. Marine Corps began fielding the M110A1 to swap out its legacy M110 rifle.

Earlier that year, the Army announced the M110A1 would be first tested then fielded with infantry squads.

The M110A1 is expected to replace the Army's Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, fielded since 2009.

At Fort Carson, Colorado, elite Army snipers of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade are testing the M110A1, reported War Is Boring.

Snipers have already fired 8,000 rounds, testing different firing positions, along with various accessories to increase lethality.

According to the National Interest, the Army alleges the new sniper rifles "increased accuracy, plus other ergonomic features like reduced weight and operations with or without a suppressor."

Last week, we reported Textron Systems' AAI Corporation will deliver its initial Next Generation Squad Weapon-Technology (NGSW-T) prototype demonstrator to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Center and Joint Services Small Arms Program (JSSAP).

“Moving from contract award to delivery of a revolutionary, next-generation weapon in just 15 months not only demonstrates the maturity of our CT [Cased Telescoped] technology, but also the project execution excellence our team possesses to rapidly fill critical warfighter needs on schedule,” said Textron Systems Senior Vice President of Applied Technologies & Advanced Programs Wayne Prender. “Our CT weapons and ammunition offer the growth path to a true next-generation small arms weapon for U.S. warfighters, including increased lethality at longer ranges, while also delivering significant weight reductions to the warfighter.”

The Army is expected to test AAI's NGSW-T weapon at firing ranges this summer.

The Army is rushing to equip its forces with new sniper and assault rifles, an effort to modernize forces, bolster readiness, and increase lethality before the next major conflict erupts.