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The US Army will select its Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) rifle and automatic rifle supplier in the last quarter of this year. The two finalists are True Velocity and Sig Sauer.
Launched in 2017, the NGSW program was established to replace the 5.56x45mm caliber M4 Carbine, M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon), and 7.62x51mm caliber M240 machine guns with rifles that use a common 6.8mm caliber cartridge and fire control system.
The army wanted to equip its soldiers with a higher caliber weapon, as the present rifle rounds were less effective due to improvements in adversary body armor, according to the defensepost.com.