BREAKING: US Army Adds More Guns to Sub Compact Weapon Trials

    Sub compact Weapon trials

    U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Dunlap familiarises himself with the operation of a PM-98 (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika/U.S. Army)

    The US Army has expanded its upcoming Sub Compact Weapon evaluations adding three more weapons to the trials. Back in May PEO Soldier – Project Manager Soldier Weapons issued a Request for Information to industry for a Compact, concealable 9x19mm submachine gun. Following this the US Army’s Contracting Command posted a notice on FedBizOps awarding 10 sole source contracts on 8 June.

    Heckler and Koch Defense (HK’s US arm), Angstadt Arms Corporation and Noveske Corporation have now been tapped to submit weapons. Heckler and Koch will submit the UMP9, not the older MP5 (clones of which have been submitted by several companies including Zenith and POF). Angstadt will submit the UDP-9 while Noveske will enter the Noveske Sub Compact Weapon.


    Heckler & Koch UMP9 (HK)

    PEO Soldier is seeking a highly concealable ‘sub compact weapon’ that is capable of engaging threats with a “high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage.” The new Weapon is destined for Personal Security Details that are currently armed with various pistols and M4 carbines.

    Angstadt UDP-9

    The Angstadt UDP-9 Sub Compact Weapon which actually takes Glock mags (Angstadt Arms Corporation)

    The Army’s Contracting Command updated the original contract award notice 15 June:

    This synopsis has been amended on 15 June 2018. The ACC-NJ, on behalf of PM Soldier Weapons, also intends to solicit and award sole source contracts to the following:

    Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0048
    Awardee: Heckler and Koch Defense Inc for HK UMP9 Sub Compact Weapon
    Amount: $10,850.00

    Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0049
    Awardee: Angstadt Arms Corporation for Angstadt UDP-9 Sub Compact Weapon
    Amount: $15,950.00

    Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0050
    Awardee: Noveske Corporation for Noveske Sub Compact Weapon
    Amount: $17,200.00

    These new awards bring the total spent on weapons for the SCW evaluations to $258,240. It remains unclear what the contract quantities are for each manufacturer as the value of the awards varries from as little as $8,500 to as much as $39,060. The notice states that the anticipated award date for the contracts is planned for July 2018.


    ‘Request for Information for Sub Compact Weapons’, FedBizOps, retrieved 08/05/18 from source

    ‘Synopsis of Contract Award’, FedBizOps, retrieved 16/06/18 from source

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