According to a recent article at Military.com, US Army spokespersons said in emails with the magazine that the Army would not be re-trying the Modular Handgun System competition between finalists SIG Sauer and Glock. This statement comes on the heels of Glock Vice President Josh Dorsey’s complaint that the MHS program had been left unfinished, saying that the endurance testing went “uncompleted”. However, a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) contradicts this assessment, and notes that the Army never promised in the Request for Proposal (RFP) to award more than one contract prior to Product Validation Testing (PVT).
In the emails, the Army spokesperson said that the MHS contract award “speaks for itself”, backing up a contract awarded on the basis of an over 100 million dollar gap between Glock’s and SIG’s bids. However, Glock’s senior management isn’t done yet, according to the Military.com article: The company will continue to seek ways to re-open testing.
With the force of the GAO report behind them, the massive difference in the two companys’ bids, and the conclusion of a program that dates back to the early 2000s, the US Army’s case for sticking with SIG seems very strong. It’s unclear what paths Glock is considering to give themselves another shot at winning the competition.