Eary in 2019 the United States Marine Corps issued an RFI (Request For Information) regarding a combat optic for wide distribution among Marine Corps Infantry dubbed the Squad Common Optic (SCO). The RFI included various requests such as specific weight requirements, magnification range, adjustment range and, specific eye relief. You can view the basics of the RFI from our previous article on it here.
$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon
Trijicon Inc. has just been announced as the winner of a 64,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Squad Common Optic system. This awarded contract will include spare parts, training and contractor logistics support during the work in period.
Stephen Bindon, President, and CEO of Trijicon spoke with great gratitude regarding the company being awarded the contract:
Our warfighters deserve the very best equipment in defense of our nation. The Marine Corps’ SCO evaluation process was extremely rigorous, and we are honored that the VCOG was selected to continue the tradition of battle-proven riflescopes that the Trijicon ACOG began in 2004 as the Marine Corps’ first Rifle Combat Optic.
The optic to be delivered seems to be an off the shelf Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28. However, all work will be performed in Trijicon’s Wixom, Michigan location and should be finished up by Early 2025. My gut feeling tells me that we can expect some sort of Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO) to be delivered as it falls into the general requirements set out by the 2019 RFI.
We introduced the VCOG 1-8×28 to the commercial market in early 2019, but its design was inspired by requests from our warfighters. During design, development, and testing, we constantly challenged ourselves to produce a scope that would deliver the performance necessary in the most punishing of conditions
– Chuck Wahr, Trijicon Global Vice-President of Sales & Marketing
The Marine Corps has allocated $19,077,827 for FY 2020 and will be paid to Trijicon right after the base contract award. Procurement Marine Corp (PMC) funds will be used to pay for each of the individual orders up to the maximum contract agreement throughout September of 2022 when the PMC funds will expire. The entire contract is expected to be fulfilled by early 2025.
Many Marines have commented to me in the past how the switch from Iron Sights to ACOGs made a huge difference in the field when spotting targets or IEDs while on patrol. Given the vast increase in sighting range as well as the variable nature of the alleged optic to be procured, we can expect greater adaptability for each individual marine in the field. What are your thoughts on this new addition to the Marine Corps standard armament? Let us know down in the comments.
All Photos Credit: Trijicon Inc.
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