The Army is seeking a shorter, lighter, more accurate sniper system to replace the M110. (Spc. Gregory Gieske/Army)
The Army is a step closer to fielding a shorter, lighter, more accurate and more reliable 7.62mm NATO compact semi-automatic sniper system.
The service on Thursday issued a solicitation for proposals to replace the M110 SASS. The acquisitions office, Project Manager Soldier Weapons, intends to field a sniper rifle that is easier to carry, handle and maneuver in close quarters combat.
Along with ergonomic and weight upgrades, the weapon is intended to have advanced coatings; improved optics; reduced felt recoil; enhanced suppressor performance; enhanced modular rail capabilities; an improved bipod, trigger, pistol grip, and buttstock.
The Army plans to award a contract worth up to $44.5 million, starting with 30 of the weapons for a two-year series of production and operational tests.
After testing, the Army would purchase the weapons themselves — up to 3,643 of them — and then a technical data package as well as the rights to modify and reproduce.
Companies seeking to compete would either offer a new system or a means to retrofit the existing M110 SASS.
The SASS can be lethal at 800 meters. The CSASS will have matched or better capability at a 36-inch length and nine pounds, 10 inches shorter and seven pounds lighter than the SASS.?