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The U.S. Army will buy new automatic infantry weapons starting in 2022, replacing the existing M4 carbine and M249 squad automatic weapon. The weapons will include new technology, particularly a new, longer-range and lighter-weight bullet. The Army will purchase at least 100,000 of the new weapons for the troops most likely to see combat.
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Defense News reports the Army has received 15 examples of prototype rifles, squad automatic rifles, and 180,000 rounds of ammunition from three companies: Sig Sauer, General Dynamics Ordnance, and Textron Systems (shown in the photo above). The Army also awarded contracts to Vortex Optics and L3/EoTech/Leopold-Stevens for advanced sighting systems. The first prototype test event concluded in September, and further tests are on the way.