Textron Teams with H&K And Olin Winchester for Army NGSW Submission

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
The earlier Textron 5.56mm LSAT light machine gun. (Image source: Picatinny Arsenal, US Army )

Late last night TFB broke the news that the US Army had selected three companies to continue development of their Next Generation Squad Weapons prototypes. These companies include AAI Corporation Textron Systems, General Dynamics-OTS Inc. and SIG Sauer Inc. This morning we received further details from Textron about their NGSW team.

Textron have confirmed that they are working in partnership with Heckler & Koch who are providing not just design and development assistance but also manufacturing capabilities – the full extent of their input in the project is yet to be revealed. The NGSW program requires companies to develop their own ammunition using the Army’s new 6.8mm GP projectile, as such Textron have confirmed that they have developed their own 6.8mm cased telescopic or CT round which if selected will be produced by Olin Winchester.

No new photographs of the Textron submissions, for NGSW-R and NGSW-AR are currently available, although we have seen Textron’s belt-fed and rifle CT prototypes in the past. Some video recently emerged of the 6.8 CT Carbine.

Textron’s new NGSW-R prototype appears to be a redevelopment of the earlier 6.5 CT carbine seen at AUSA 2017 (Nathaniel F)
Here’s Textron’s press release in full:

Textron Systems Leads Experienced Team Selected by U.S. Army to Participate in the Next Generation Squad Weapons Prototype Program

Hunt Valley, Maryland. August 30, 2019 – Textron Systems, a business of Textron Inc.
(NYSE: TXT), announced today its selection by the U.S. Army’s Project Manager Soldier
Weapons as one of three organizations to deliver Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) based on the company’s mature, high-performance cased telescoped (CT) technology. Under this award, Textron Systems will deliver 43 6.8mm CT NGSW-Automatic Rifles and 53 NGSW-Rifles, as well as 845,000 rounds of CT ammunition during a 27-month period of performance.

To support the NGSW prototype program, Textron Systems leads a world-class team that offers decades of trusted small arms experience and includes Heckler & Koch, as well as Olin Winchester. Heckler & Koch provides renowned small arms design, research and development, and manufacturing capabilities, while Olin Winchester brings renowned small caliber ammunition production capabilities.

“We have assembled a team that understands and can deliver on the rigorous requirements for this U.S. Army program with mature and capable technology, reliable program execution and dedicated user support,” says Wayne Prender, Textron Systems’ Senior Vice President, Applied Technologies and Advanced Programs. “Together, we are honored to support America’s soldiers with the next-generation capabilities they need in their most dangerous missions.”

Textron Systems has successfully demonstrated its high capability and low-risk 6.8mm CT system that provides significant performance enhancements over current Army systems. The design features improved accuracy and greater muzzle velocity for increased performance, as well as weight savings of both weapon and ammunition over current Army systems. It also incorporates advanced suppressor technology to reduce the firing signature and improve controllability.

Under earlier development programs, Textron Systems successfully scaled its lightweight CT technology into numerous calibers and configurations, demonstrating its technical maturity, as well as scalability for future growth to support U.S. close combat forces against current and future adversaries.

For more information, visit www.textron.com and www.textronsystems.com

Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: TheFirearmBlog.com & Overt Defense.com. Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at: matt@thefirearmblog.com

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  • Joshua Joshua on Sep 01, 2019

    Where will they be made is my question?

  • Matt Matt on Sep 05, 2019

    One thought for the 6.8 WSSM cartridge (or at least that seems to be the what the military wants) might be a good replacement for the 7.62x51. I still don't think it is viable to replace the 5.56x45. So for DMRs and general purpose machine guns, that could be a great replacement. Chuck some 140-147gr 6.8 pills at 3200+fps, rock on. Would probably be close to the same weight and volume of ammo as 7.62x51 is right now and probably not a whole lot more recoil. Much longer range, better performance against light armor. The only thing you'd have as a negative is likely less internal capacity for incendiary compound. 7.62 doesn't have a (issued) explosive round, right? And it shouldn't be that much difference to change the effectiveness of an incendiary or API 6.8 round of that length compared to a .30 cal that can be fit in to a 7.6x51 case.

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