The Army is eyeing a number of high-tech upgrades to its arsenal

12 Oct , 2017 Business

US Army M4 rifle

The Army is exploring a number of improvements and additions to its arsenal.
A main goal is enhancing the accuracy and lethality of weapons US soldiers carry.
The Army is also looking to centralize its testing and acquisition process in order to maintain its competitive advantage.

The US Army has been looking to swap out the M4/M16 rifle platform carried by US soldiers in one form or another since the 1960s.

The service currently has its eye on the Next Generation Squad Weapon, but its arrival is years away, and doubts about the Interim Combat Service Rifle make it unclear if US troops will get a new weapon in the intervening period.

Despite that uncertainty, the Army is looking at a number of upgrades to the weapons and ammunition currently carried by its soldiers.

A recent Army study examining existing threats analyzed how to build the new rifle, its ammunition, and its fire-control system in tandem to enhance its capabilities, all while fitting it into the service’s overarching modernization strategy.

According to Army Times, the study has produced several important findings — chief among them that fire control, or how the weapon is aimed, would have the largest impact on the new rifle’s …read more

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