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FN Down-Selected To Produce Two Prototype Options For US Army Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Program

(McLean, VA – July 16, 2018) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded contracts to produce two prototypes under the Prototype Opportunity Notice (PON) 1 for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle program, commonly referred to as NGSAR. The company can confirm earlier speculation that one of the submissions is a lightweight machine gun and the other is the FN HAMR™, a heat adaptive modular rifle.

The Army has specified a need for a prototype rifle weighing less than 12 pounds, including a 20-percent reduction in weight of ammunition and fire control unit. To deliver against the two awarded contracts, FN has partnered with industry-leading organizations such as Federal Cartridge Company (FCC) to utilize emerging technologies to enhance lethality of FN’s NGSAR contenders and offer a complete systems solution.

Throughout history, FN has played a pivotal role in designing and delivering machine guns to the U.S. military, including the FN M249 SAW, and is poised to deliver a solution that is truly next generation.

For more information about FN’s military product line currently under contract, please visit www.fnamerica.com.


6 Responses to “FN Down-Selected To Produce Two Prototype Options For US Army Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Program”

  1. Joglee says:

    A lightweight LMG makes sense….though the leightweight parts seems redundant considering what LMG stands for……

    Interested to see what Federal has done to reduce weight by 20% and push the 80-100ksi chamber pressure….same for FN.

    • Lcon says:

      It’s not impossible, modern construction materials and techniques I think would be the Key the big thing is this is not going to be just another Mk46. Other contracts include Textron ( who has been doing the LSAT, GD OST, Sig and PCP Tactical LLC The later is a Surprise, as they have no known history with the weapons side but rather are known for the cartridge side of the Small arms biz. Although If suspicions of them being partnered with KAC are true they might have a winner.

      • SSD says:

        Despite assertions to the contrary on other platforms, KAC did not participate in this PON, preferring to refine their technology for the next opportunity next summer.

  2. Kirk says:

    If we want real and effective lethality from a machinegun system in the range bands past 600m, somebody had better be looking at getting the guns off of the bipod/shoulder aiming and support “system”, and equipping the gun team with better rangefinding and target acquisition gear–Or, this is all pretty much a waste of time and money.