Textron Systems, a US defence contractor, a part of the US conglomerate Textron, demonstrated two versions of the new generation automatic rifle developed as part of the NGSW program.
NGSW rifles will replace the infantry and close combat units M249 and M4A1, both of which fire 5.56mm rounds.
The new weapon system’s computerized low-risk 6.8 mm CT scanning system provides significant performance improvements over current Army systems.
The design features improved accuracy and faster speed to enhance performance, as well as reduced weight for both weapons and ammunition compared to current Army systems, and includes advanced suppression technology to reduce the firing signature and improve autonomous control.
The 6.8mm automatic rifle also enhances performance while significantly reducing weight and improving the ergonomics / controls of the current M249 weapon.