US SOCOM Selects Night Force ATACR For Squad-Variable Powered Scopes (FFP)

    MIL-SPEC ATACR 1-8x24 F1 rifle scope (Night Force)

    The Department of Defense has confirmed that Idaho-based Night Force Optics have been awarded a contract for the US Special Operations Command’s new FFP Squad Variable Power Scope. The contract is worth just under $16 million with an option to expand future orders.

    The award is for the first focal plane scope element of the solicitation, the contract is a firm fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth $15,760,499. While the Department of Defense’ announcement did not state which optic had been adopted, Night Force announced, in a facebook post, that the contract is for the ATACR 1-8×24 F1. This section of SOCOM’s Squad Variable Power Scope was entirely set aside for small business while the Second Focal Plane (SFP) element of the solicitation was open to bids from all manufacturers, big or small. SIG Sauer have been announced as the winner of the SFP element of the solicitation.

    Night Force ATACR

    ATACR 1-8×24 F1 rifle scope (Night Force)

    The ATACR 1-8×24 Squad-Variable Power Scope is set to be part of the family of US SOCOM Miniature Aiming System-Day (MAS-D) Optics.

    Here’s the Department of Defense’s announcement in full:

    Lightforce [corporate name for the holding company that operates as Night Force, Inc] USA Inc.,* Orofina, Idaho, is awarded a $15,760,499 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of Squad-Variable Powered Scopes (S-VPS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command.  This procurement is for the S-VPS, spare parts and training. The S-VPS is a low-profile, wide-field-of-view, passive scope for near-range engagements out to and beyond the maximum effective range of the weapon system, for small arms employed by special operations forces. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $21,172,435. Work will be performed in Orofino, Idaho, and is expected to be completed by September 2023. Fiscal 2018 procurement (Defense-wide) funding in the amount of $1,512,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-19-D-JQ31).

    The contract, for an unspecified number of scopes, is scheduled to be completed by September 2023. More about the opic on the company’s site here and you can find the Department of Defense Announcement here.

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