The US Army’s Contracting Command has awarded Knight’s Armament Company a contract for more 7.62x51mm M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems (SASS). Over 10 years on since it was first adopted and nearly five years since the Army began its programme to replace it with a lighter, more compact rifle the Army has placed further orders for an undisclosed number of M110 SASS.
The $16,550,140 contract comes as the new M110A1, based on Heckler & Koch’s G28, is due to begin field testing. The M110A1 Compact Semi-Auto Sniper System (CSASS), according to statements made by the Army in June 2018, is due to undergo production qualification testing and should be approved for limited user testing in the early part of 2019.
It appears that as the M110A1 CSASS is not yet ready for service a further order for the earlier M110s is needed. It remains unclear if the M110’s original 2007 spec will be used of if product improvements will be included in the newly delivered weapons. This, however, seems unlikely as it may cause logistical complications.
Here’s the Department of Defense’s brief contract announcement, from the 20th December:
Knights Armaments Co.,* Titusville, Florida, was awarded a $16,550,140 firm-fixed-price contract for M110 semi-automatic sniper rifle. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 20, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-D-0028).
Back in April 2016, Heckler & Koch were awarded a $44.5 million contract to supply up to 3,643 M110A1 CSASS, but since then the program’s momentum appears to have slowed with little news on its progress until last summer. In the meantime, while the Army waits for its new rifle, Knight’s Armament are set to deliver new M110s by November 2024.