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US Army Issues Prototype Project Opportunity Notice (PPON) for Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW)

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Late last night, the U.S. Army Contracting Command – New Jersey (ACC-NJ), on behalf of Project Manager Soldier Weapons, released a much anticipated solicitation seeking proposals in regards to a Prototype Project Opportunity Notice (PPON) for Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW).

The NGSW PPON details how the Government intends to award up to three prototype Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) under the authority of 10 U.S.C. § 2371b, with each vendor developing two weapon variants under the NGSW program and 6.8 millimeter ammunition common to both weapons (this is NOT the 6.8 SPC cartridge evaluated by USSOCOM in the early 00s).

The weapons include the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R) and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR). The NGSW-R is the planned replacement for the M4/M4A1 Carbine and the NGSW-AR is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in the Automatic Rifleman Role in the Close Combat Force.

Unlike the current PON for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle currently underway, this PPON seems to be for all the marbles.

The companies currently involved in the NGSAR PON include:
W15QKN-18-9-1017 – AAI Corporation Textron Systems
W15QKN-18-9-1018 – FN America LLC. (Design 1)
W15QKN-18-9-1019 – FN America LLC. (Design 2)
W15QKN-18-9-1020 – General Dynamics-OTS Inc.
W15QKN-18-9-1021 – PCP Tactical, LLC W15QKN-18-9-1022 – Sig Sauer Inc.

We would suspect that they all stand a good chance of competing for this latest bid.

Curiously, the NGSAR PON currently underway was intended to inform this new solicitation, but none of these companies has even delivered a weapon, let alone ammunition yet. However, we have seen glimpses of what these weapons might look like.

SIG famously unveiled their Next Generation candidate and hybrid ammunition at AUSA and then demonstrated an upscaled 338 Norma Mag variant at SHOT Show.

Likewise, GD has shown their 338 NM machine gun design for years giving us some insight into their capabilities.

Although FN has held their cards close to the chest, we understand they have both belt fed and box fed designs and demonstrated a derivative of the SCAR HAMR for PEO Soldier, BG Potts during a visit to their facility last year.

But the weapon we’ve all seen the most of is Textron’s Lightweight Small Arms Technology demonstrator with its radical Case Telescoping ammunition.

Over the years, they’ve shown a great deal of adaptability in configuring the technology as carbine as well as Belt Fed Machine Gun in several calibers.

According to the solicitation, the duration for each prototype OTA is estimated to be up to eight years. The first 27 months will be for prototyping the NGSW-R, NGSW-AR, and ammunition. Following this prototyping effort, there may be additional iterative prototyping efforts for the NGSW-R, NGSW-AR, and ammunition. These iterative prototyping efforts will each have separate durations and will occur within the eight year duration.

Furthermore, in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project (or any subsequent iterative prototyping efforts) was successfully completed under the competitively awarded OTA(s), a follow-on production contract(s) or OTA(s) may be awarded without the use of competitive procedures.

Because of the duration of the OTA, and that prototype OTA will undergo two prototype test events including Soldier Touch Points, they are asking for a lot more weapons and ammunition than in the current NGSAR PON. Deliverables for each prototype OTA include 53 NGSW-R weapons, 43 NGSW-AR weapons, 845,000 rounds of ammunition, spare parts, test barrels, tools/gauges/accessories, engineering support, and iterative prototyping efforts as defined in the Statement of Work.

The follow-on production award(s) is planned to be an Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contract with Firm Fixed Price Delivery Orders up to ten years or a fixed amount OTA up to ten years. The production award(s) may include 250,000 total weapons system(s) (NGSW-R, NGSW-AR, or both), 150,000,000 rounds of ammunition, spare parts, tools/gauges/accessories, and engineering support. The value of this follow-on production award(s) is estimated to be $10M in the first year and estimated $150M per year at the higher production rates. While the Government intends to make one production award for the NGSW-R, NGSW- AR, and Ammunition, it reserves the right to: 1) make one award for NGSW-R with Ammunition; or 2) make one award for NGSW-AR with Ammunition; or 3) make one award for NGSW-R with Ammunition to one Offeror and one award for NGSW-AR with Ammunition to a different Offeror.

Even considering those numbers, that still isn’t enough weapons to replace the current inventory of small arms. Currently, the US Army alone owns almost 1,000,000 M4/M16s meaning that the Next Generation Weapons will at least initially be fielded to close combat forces and that M4 and the 5.56mm ammunition it fires will continue to soldier on for decades. This means that the Army has to seriously consider what ammunition technology it will adopt for the new next generation 6.8 round, lest it find itself manufacturing two radically different types of small arms ammunition.

The prototypes must have these characteristics:

a. allow for ambidextrous operation and controls;

b. include a flash hider, removable suppressor (with or without flash hider installed), and a tool for suppressor removal after firing or for maintenance;

c. include a tactical carrying sling with quick release attachments;

d. include selection positions for Safe, Semi-Automatic Firing, and Automatic Firing modes;

e. be resistant to corrosion, abrasion, impact and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense contaminants, decontaminants, battlefield-chemicals, electromagnetic pulse and cyber-attacks;

f. reduce visual detection via a neutral non-reflective, non-black color not lighter than Light Coyote 481 and not darker than Coyote 499;

g. function in all environments and weather conditions, including ambient, cold, hot, marine, high humidity, rain, and desert conditions;

h. be compatible with combat clothing (including body armor and Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment), CBRN defense, wet weather, and cold weather gear;

i. provide interchangeable magazines between both weapons if NGSW-AR utilizes a magazine; and

j. include, at a minimum, a 12 o-clock position rail(s) that is compliant to Attachment 2- Picatinny Smart Rail Interface Control Documents. Weapon configurations include a non-battery and a battery configuration:

• A non-battery configuration: battery removed. This is the primary configuration for all weapon deliveries and is included in the overall weapon weight.

• Replaceable battery configurations: rechargeable battery assembly and non- rechargeable battery assembly that are fully contained within the envelope of the NGSW-R and NGSW-AR and common to both. The battery assembly shall operate at 6-32 volts. The rechargeable battery assembly shall interface with the Universal Battery Charger (NSN: 6130-01-659-7090). The weight of the battery assembly will not be included in the overall weapon weight.

Both the rechargeable battery assembly and the non-rechargeable battery assembly shall meet the requirements for safety and transportation per the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulation.

The Government will conduct the following tests on the NGSW-R, NGSW-AR, and the Ammunition:

Prototype Test #1 (PT#1)

This Government test will inform the COMPANY of current design compliance to select performance requirements. The test has an estimated duration of 3 months.

Soldier Touch Point A: Mobility & User Acceptance

This Government test will provide the COMPANY with Soldier feedback on areas related to mobility and maneuverability on Army relevant obstacles, and user acceptance scenario testing. Reference Attachment 6 – STP Mobility and Attachment 7 – STP User Acceptance.

Prototype Test #2 (PT#2)

This Government test will be used to assess compliance to the COMPANY proposed performance requirements and utilized in follow-on award decisions. The test has an estimated duration of six months.

Soldier Touch Point B: Mobility, User Acceptance, Controllability

This test is a Government conducted evaluation on areas related to mobility, maneuverability on Army relevant obstacles, user acceptance scenario testing, and controllability. Reference Attachment 6 – STP Mobility, Attachment 7 – STP User Acceptance, and Attachment 8 – STP Controllability

Soldier Touch Point C: Limited User Test

This test is a Government conducted limited evaluation with Soldiers in the loop to assess the suitability and effectiveness for combat operations. These evaluations may be conducted with multiple squads.

Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E)

This is a test and analysis effort required to support the ballistic lethality evaluation, focusing on the terminal ballistics of the system.

Written proposals are due on 24 April 2019 at 11:00AM EST and bid samples are due on 30 May 2019.

The Armored Group, LLC Introduces its Newest Vehicle, the Terrier Armored Personnel Carrier

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

New Terrier APC features the highest level of personnel protection and unparalleled mobility in any climate or setting

(Phoenix, AZ – (January 28, 2019) The Armored Group, LLC (TAG), a leading worldwide provider of armored vehicles, has just introduced its newest law enforcement vehicle, the Terrier APC. The Terrier APC developed by the TAG Research and Development Team, offers a large payload capacity for its size as well as the highest level of protection for a vehicle in its class and price range with STANAG II applique option. The vehicle will be used by military, police, SWAT, regional response teams and non-governmental organizations.

The Terrier APC holds up to eight officers (2+6 in individual MIL-STD seats); the optional bench seat can accommodate up to ten officers (2+8) depending on the size of operators and amount of gear. The vehicle was designed with the end-users in mind; to protect those who are in dangerous operational environments.

Terrier APC Features:

Some of the key features of the Terrier APC model include:
• Full Protection against Kinetic Energy Weapons conforming to STANAG 4569 Level 1
• Heavy Duty Suspension & Axles
• Upgraded Tires & Brakes (for better off-road capability)
• Category-Leading Ground Clearance
• UK Military Grade Locks & Heavy-Duty Hinges
• Conveniently Placed High Visibility Gun Ports
• 3 Doors and Roof Escape Hatch
• Crew Cab or 5 Door Option
• 5100kg Curb Weight (Standard Protection); 1000kg Payload; 6100kg Combat Weight
• Modern LED Headlights & Standard Military Convoy Lights
• 5-Speed Manual Transmission
• Diesel 195 HP High Sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8
• NATO Standard Slave Starting System
• TAG Exclusive Flip Forward Armored Front Clip System
• Hydraulically Assisted Recirculating Ball Steering
• Rear HVAC System as standard
• Auxiliary service battery with smart isolator switch and battery monitor

Optional Equipment Includes:
• Additional parking AC powered by external 120 / 220VAC while the engine is off
• Public address system
• Acoustic deterring LRAD system
• Intercom
• Alternator upgrade
• Blast attenuating seats
• Interior weapon mounts
• VHF/UHF communication system; MF/HF communications system
• GPS
• DVR
• GSM-based live video monitoring system
• Tracking system (depends on deployment region)
• Smoke grenade launchers
• Multiple launch systems for smoke grenades
• Roof turret with a ring bearing and split hatch
• Remote controlled weapon station
• Gunshot detection system
• Remote controlled searchlights
• Forward-looking thermal camera
• Reverse day/night camera
• Perimeter day/night cameras
• Outboard telescopic mast
• IR driving and convoy lights
• Overpressure air filtration system
• Semi-automatic tire inflation system
• Ballistic protection upgrade to STANAG 4569 Level 2
• Fire suppression systems
• Power inverters
• Winch
• Ballistic skip round shields
• Emergency lighting systems
• Interior compartment additional cooling fans
• Computer workstations
• Rescue medic/trauma pack with backboard/litter

Terrier APC:

The Terrier APC is built using a reinforced/militarized Toyota VDJ79 truck chassis, and COTS components. The vehicle can be built to B6, NIJ-III or STANAG 4569 Level 1 ballistic protection standards and is powered by a 195 HP high sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8 diesel and readily available in LHD and RHD configurations. Using upgraded axles, clutch and a reinforced frame as well as oversized super single wheels, the vehicle offers excellent mobility and a high payload capacity making it a superior choice in a variety of dangerous scenarios.

“The new Terrier APC offers the highest level of protection in combat and fire support situations and in mission-specific transport and logistics roles.  The Terrier APC is an extremely versatile vehicle with numerous optional upgrades, so agencies requiring the vehicle can customize it to truly meet their individual needs,” said Robert Pazderka, President and Founder of TAG. “Because of its availability and price, it is a smart, effective option for agencies that need to keep their teams safe and secure in dangerous situations.”

For more information, please visit www.armoredcars.com.

Tactacam Introduces Revolutionary Scope Viewing Technology

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Tactacam has long set the standard for high definition recording of live action in the field. Whether hunting whitetail from a tree stand with a bow or flushing upland birds with your shotgun, Tactacam has been there to record those ultimate moments in the lives of hunters. And now, Tactacam is introducing new scope viewing technology with the Tactacam FTS.

The Tactacam FTS combines the high definition video from your Tactacam camera with the high-power zoom of a rifle scope giving you the ability to remotely view and record live footage from your rifle on your smart phone. Simply couple your scope and your camera together with the Tactacam FTS components and sync the camera to the Tactacam APP on your smart phone for live viewing. The FTS maintains all functionality of your riflescope and your firearm. By offsetting the FTS camera mount, shooters are able to safely operate their firearm as they traditionally would, viewing through a live feed to their smart phone. After setup, the unique design of the Tactacam FTS allows the riflescope to operate as normal without additional adjustment or modification.

The Tactacam Difference

Tactacam’s innovative camera systems offer the complete package for infield recording of your favorite past times. With the powerful Tactacam 5.0 users can enjoy 4k resolution and high power magnification with resolution and picture quality that competitive products can’t touch. Wi-fi and APP viewing options, remote control activation, slow motion and live streaming capabilities are all standard features of the new Tactacam 5.0.

With endless mounting options, your Tactacam cameras can attach to any weapon and enjoy hours of record time regardless the conditions. The introduction of the Tactacam FTS now expands the capabilities of these cameras even further by offering scope viewing technology. This revolutionary technology incorporates the great features of Tactacam cameras with the high-power magnification of rifle scopes.

No matter what you’re chasing, Share Your Hunt.

www.tactacam.com

Century Arms Bringing New AES10B and PSL Rifles Back to the U.S. Market

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (January 29, 2019) – Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, is excited to announce availability of newly manufactured models of the highly sought after AES10B 7.62x39mm and PSL 7.62x54R rifles from Romania.
 
The AES10B is modeled after the Romanian version of the RPK, features a heavy barrel profile, RPK bipod, clubfoot stock, and will ship with a 30-round magazine. The PSL is also modeled after the RPK rifle, but in the 7.62x54R cartridge and paired with a new Russian PO4x24 optic.

“We haven’t brought in the AES10B or PSL rifles in many years. AES10B availability has dried up due to a lack of the parts kits used to build them and surplus PSL rifles are  being sent to other parts of the world before we are able to acquire them,” said William Sucher, the company’s Vice President of Business Development. “We have continued to look for a solution for the American market due to the high demand for these models even though the days of low-priced surplus options are long gone. After reviewing all options and working with the manufacturer, we were able to acquire and bring in small quantities of these as newly manufactured rifles, albeit at a higher price, but still uniquely rare and desirable.”

Century Arms will have a limited quantity of these newly manufactured rifles and have sold out of the initial shipments. If you are a dealer please contact your local distributor to acquire an AES10B or PSL rifle while supplies last.
 
To learn more about the AES10B, PSL and Century’s other models, please visit CenturyArms.com.  

SHOT Show 19 – Hazard 4 Hardpoint Rail

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

When Hazard 4 introduced the Hardpoint Modular anchor system to their bags, they envisioned a rail system. During SHOT Show, they exhibited a prototype. The slots allow the attachment of equipment directly to the rail.

Although this prototype is 3D printed, the production version will be injection molded. It will also include the ruler markings.

www.hazard4.com

SHOT Show 19 – NiteIze RunOff Waterproof Bags

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Released earlier this month, NiteIze’ new line of RunOff waterproof bags incorporates their patented TRU Zip design combined with RF welding and TPU materials (tested to IP67). There are currently several bags available with more coming soon.

www.niteize.com/collection/New-Products

SHOT Show 19 – Ursack

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Ursack is an alternative to traditional bear resistant canisters. Instead, this food sack is made in the USA from lightweight, flexible, ‘bullet proof’ 7.6 oz aramid fabric.

There are two versions and one includes an aluminum liner, which weighs less than half similarly sized hard-sided canisters and a fraction of the space.

www.ursack.com

SHOT Show 19 – Rex Specs K9 Vision System

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The makers of the popular Rex Specs K9 goggles are introducing a new variant with integrated cameras.

Below you can see some detail. There is a wide angle dog vision camera under the lens. Additionally, there are lights, microphone. and a rear camera embedded in the frame, above the lens.

In addition to onboard recording, video and audio feeds can be transmitted up to 300m.

Like Rex Specs, the K9 Vision System features a padded harness for comfort during long-term wear.

www.rexspecs.com