SIG Sauer recently delivered its Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) system submission to the U.S. Army, consisting of lightweight high-performance 6.8 mm hybrid ammunition, NGSW-AR lightweight machine guns, NGSW-R rifles and suppressors.
“The SIG Sauer Next Generation Squad Weapons system is the only submission entirely designed, engineered and manufactured by a single American company,” said Ron Cohen, president and CEO of SIG Sauer.” We are proud to deliver this comprehensive solution to the U.S. Army, with new capabilities to enhance mission effectiveness for our soldiers on the battlefield. Our ammunition, machine gun, rifle and suppressors far surpass the performance of the legacy weapons system in range and lethality, offer exponentially better maneuverability and are significantly lighter in weight.”
Features in the company’s system include the SIG Sauer 6.8 mm hybrid ammunition, a compact round that combines a significant reduction in weight, with the ability to handle higher pressures resulting in increased velocity and greater penetration. Additionally, based on the cartridge design and the traditional manufacturing processes, the growth potential of the SIG 6.8 mm ammunition is exponential.
The SIG Sauer Lightweight Machine Gun puts an emphasis on significant reductions in soldier load and enhanced combat performance. The company designed it to be 40-percent lighter than current systems and dramatically reduce felt recoil while maintaining traditional belt-fed operation to increase downrange capability. The 6.8 mm machine gun features ambidextrous AR-style ergonomics, quick-detach magazines, increased M1913 rail space, quick-detach suppressor and vastly improves upon the operation and function of the legacy M249.
The lightweight rifle is built on the foundation of the SIG Sauer weapons in service with the premier fighting forces across the globe combined with the added firepower of the 6.8 mm round. Features include a fully collapsible and floating stock, rear- and side-charging handle, free-floating reinforced M-Lok handguard, full ambidextrous controls and quick-detach suppressor.
Suppressors included with the submission are designed to reduce harmful backflow and signature that feature low flash with a quick-detach design.
“I am very proud that every component of the SIG Sauer Next Generation Squad Weapons system was manufactured at our SIG Sauer facilities in New Hampshire and Arkansas and is entirely American made. Our engineers have worked in concert to optimize the system, ensuring that every component is synchronized and our soldiers are equipped for the demands of the modern battlefield,” added Cohen. “Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the hard work and dedication of the entire team whom worked tirelessly in these unprecedented times, in the face of a pandemic, to deliver the SIG Sauer NGSW system to the U.S. Army.”