SIG Sauer has published a press release announcing that they have completed the delivery of 100,000th M17/M18 pistol to the US Military. These pistols won the MHS (Modular Handgun System) trials and were adopted by the US Army back in the January of 2017 with the first delivery taking place in November of the same year to the 101st Airborne Division. After the adoption by the US Army, the M17/M18 pistols shortly became the sidearm of choice for all service branches of the United States Armed Forces.
So within two years from the first delivery, SIG managed to supply 100,000 pistols to the Military. Moreover, they did it ahead of the schedule. SIG Sauer press release quotes Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG Suaer Inc., who said:
In the month of October SIG SAUER exceeded our manufacturing requirements by thirty percent and delivered a record-setting 12,100 handguns to the U.S. Military to achieve this historic milestone for SIG SAUER and the MHS program.
With the strict accuracy and acceptance specifications that the M17 and M18 are continuously exceeding, it’s clear that the success of this program can be directly attributed to the reliability, durability, and accuracy of the handgun, which has resulted in the high demand for both the M17 and M18 from every branch of the U.S. Military.
From the very beginning the MHS program has been a true partnership between SIG SAUER and the U.S. Army which has resulted in the overwhelming success of the program, and ensuring that the M17 and M18 handguns are entering service, and in the field with our military
The price of the MHS contract was about $580 Million. That includes the handguns themselves, accessories, spare parts, etc. Reportedly, the total amount of M17/M18 handguns ordered by all branches of the US Military is over 400,000 pistols. The M17 is the full-size version of the US Military’s new sidearm and the M18 is the compact one. These pistols are based on SIG Sauer’s P320 design. Currently, the company offers the civilian versions of the M17 pistol called P320-M17.
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