Nightforce Optics Selected as SOCOM’s Precision-Variable Power Scopes

    Nightforce scope on ASR

    The Nightforce 7-35×56 mounted on the Mk22 Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR)

    Nightforce Optics have been selected by the United States Special Operations Command and Department of Defense to provide scopes to fulfill the Precision-Variable Power Scopes requirement. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth nearly $54 million will be carried out over a fixed 5 year period.

    Nightforce Optics will provide their MIL-SPEC ATACR 5-25×56 Dayscope and their MIL-SPEC ATACR 7-35×56 Long Range Dayscope l. The selection fills out SOCOM’s current push for a new raft of variable, close range and day scope optics. This outlined in the slide, from May 2017, below:

    A slide from a May 2017 SOCOM presentation – ‘Evolution of USASOC Future Force Capabilities’ that shows the procurement path for the MAS-O day optic  (source)

    Specifications for the ATACR 7-35 X 56 F1:

    Magnification range 7-35x
    Focal plane First
    Body tube diameter 34 mm
    Overall length 16.0 in/406 mm
    Mounting length 6.6 in/167 mm
    Weight 39.3 oz/1113 g
    Click value .250 MOA or .1 MRAD
    Internal adjustment range E: 100 MOA/29 MRAD
    W: 60 MOA/17 MRAD
    Parallax adjustment 11 yd–∞
    Eye relief 3.6 in/91 mm
    Field of view @ 100 yd/m 7x: 15.0 ft/5.0 m
    35x: 3.4 ft/1.1 m
    Exit pupil 7x: 6.0 mm
    35x: 1.6 mm
    Illumination DigIllum™
    Elevation feature ZeroStop®
    Power Throw Lever Standard

    Specifications for the ATACR 5-25 X 56 F1

    Magnification range 5-25x
    Focal plane First
    Body tube diameter 34 mm
    Overall length 15.4 in/390 mm
    Mounting length 5.9 in/150 mm
    Weight 37.6 oz/1066 g
    Click value .250 MOA or .1 MRAD
    Internal adjustment range E: 120 MOA/35 MRAD
    W: 80 MOA/24 MRAD
    Parallax adjustment 45 yd–∞
    Eye relief 3.5 in/90 mm
    Field of view @ 100 yd/m 5x: 18.7 ft/6.2 m
    25x: 4.9 ft/1.6 m
    Exit pupil 5x: 8.3 mm
    25x: 2.3 mm
    Illumination DigIllum™
    Elevation feature ZeroStop®

    A close up of the 7-35×56 mounted on the Mk22 Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR)

    Here’s the Department of Defense’s Contract announcement:

    Lightforce USA Inc., doing business as Nightforce Optics,* Orofino, Idaho, is awarded a $53,735,930 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for Precision-Variable Power Scopes (P-VPS).  This procurement is for the P-VPS Standard and the P-VPS Standard, Long Range.  The P-VPS is a precision direct view optic with continuously variable magnification ranging from 3x to less than or equal to 7x and greater than or equal to 25x continuous zoom for U.S. Special Operations Command.  Work will be performed in Orofino, Idaho, and is expected to be complete by December 2024.  Fiscal 2020 defense procurement funding in the amount of $2,351,124 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current continuing resolution period.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two offers received.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-20-D-JQ57).


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