NSWC Crane Selects Trijicon Handgun Reflex Sights for SOCOM

    Trijicon RMR

    Trijicon RMR Type 2 in OD Green (Trijicon)

    The Department of Defense has announced the award of an $8 million contract to the Michigan-based sight manufacturing company Trijicon for ‘handgun reflex sights’ on behalf of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane. The award fulfils the RFP to meet a specification for ‘Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic Sight’ posted back in September 2017. The sights are likely destined for SOCOM.

    The Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic Sight period for submissions ended on the 29th July, 2018. It requires the possible delivery of a ‘maximum 14,350 units’ with an estimated 1,435 units allotted for Foreign Military Sales.

    Here’s the Department of Defense’s award announcement, posted on the 14th August:

    Trijicon Inc., Wixom, Michigan,* is awarded a $7,626,587 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for handgun reflex sights for the miniature aiming system – day optics program.

    The handgun reflex sight is a low profile, wide field of view, passive sight for rapid day and night pistol target engagements in confined spaces, while prisoner handling, or in extremis after the primary weapon malfunctions.

    Work will be performed in Wixom, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by August 2023. Fiscal 2018 defense procurement funding in the amount of $1,158,052 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

    The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N0016418DJQ25).

    Trijicon are likely providing their Trijicon RMR Type 2, which comes in a standard LED and adjustable LED models. The RMR uses a  CR2032 battery which can last up to 2 years, is waterproof up to 20 metres and has an LED reticle that automatically adjusts to ambient light conditions. The RMR Type 2 is 1 inch in height and 1.8 inches in length and is compatible with all mounting systems. It comes in a range of finishes including Flat Dark Earth, Black, OD Green, Sniper Gray and Nickel Boron.

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    H/T: Dan Watters

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