For the first time in 6 decades, the US Army officially equips the infantry with two new-generation rifles. On Tuesday, the U.S. Army officially selected a new rifle and infantry rifle for frontline troops.
After 27 months of evaluating new gun models, the US Army on Thursday officially announced the selection of two rifles of German weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer for the frontline force.
The XM5 rifle will replace the M4 and M4A1 Carbine as the army’s close-quarters weapon, and the XM 250 machine gun will replace the M249 light machine gun. Both weapons will be equipped with the M157 Next-Generation Squad Weapon-Fire Control (NGSW-FC), an optic designed to allow troops to observe and hit targets from greater distances.
Speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon, General Larry Burris, commander of the US Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, said: “This is the first time in 65 years that the military has equipped such a weapon system”.