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Knight's Armament Company awarded $16 million U.S. Army Contract for M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle

Knight’s Armament Company awarded $16 million U.S. Army Contract for M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle

Knight’s Armament Company was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract, worth $16.55 million, by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) for M110 Semi Automatic Sniper System (M110 SASS). No further details have been released. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 20, 2024, said a statement from U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The M110A1 Compact Semi-Auto Sniper System (CSASS) is due to undergo production qualification testing and should be approved for limited user testing in the early part of 2019.

Knight's Armament Company awarded $16 million U.S. Army Contract for M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle

Knight’s Armament Company awarded $16 million U.S. Army Contract for M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle


The M110 Semi Automatic Sniper System (M110 SASS) is an American semi-automatic sniper rifle/designated marksman rifle that is chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO round, developed by U.S. firearm manufacturer Knight’s Armament Company (KAC). The rifle has ambidextrous features such as a double-sided magazine release, safety selector switch, and bolt catch. The complete system also incorporates a Leupold 3.5–10× variable power daytime optic, Harris swivel bipod, AN/PVS-26 or AN/PVS-10 night sight and PALs magazine pouches. The M110 is to be replaced by the lighter and more compact Heckler & Koch G28.
Knight's Armament Company awarded $16 million U.S. Army Contract for M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle

Knight’s Armament Company awarded $16 million U.S. Army Contract for M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle

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FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle

FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle


The L5 is the world’s first functional 5-bore, single barrel rifle. The L5’s Electromagnetic / Transverse Camshaft action is efficient, safe, and reliable. The battery-powered action can fire upwards of 15,000 shots per battery charge. Complete with picatinny rails, the L5 can be easily accessorized with standard, commercially-available gear. Forward Defense Munitions, Co.s charge block ammo comes pre-loaded straight from the factory, which obviates the need to load individual rounds, saving vast amounts of time by passing that duty on to the manufacturer. This profoundly increases the effective sustained rate of fire for forces wielding the L5.

FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle

FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle


To prevent overheating, each block is ejected after use, along with any heat that would otherwise be held in a chamber. The blocks are precisely guided into position, moving only 1/2-inch, minimizing the probability of jamming. The L5 Rifle, coupled with charge block ammunition, represents an entirely new firearm class and addresses the prevalent and dangerous problems of reloading, overheating and jamming, which are inherent to the design of currently deployed firearms.
FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle

FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle


Forward Defense Munitions, Co. was founded in 2016 with the goal of developing a superior firearm. To achieve this, the current firearm design had to be completely abandoned and reinvented from the ground up. The new design focuses on eliminating the most common firearm issues, such as jamming and overheating. The “L5” prototype is the world’s first functional multi-bore single barrel rifle, and utilizes FDM’s caseless ammunition.
FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle

FDM L5 5-bore single barrel rifle

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center at Natick is testing new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes at three different basic training and active duty installations over the next four months. The effort will gather Soldier feedback toward development of improved footwear. The current generation of Army Combat Boots has not undergone substantial technical or material changes since 2010. New material and technologies now exist that may improve physical performance and increase Soldier comfort.

The Army’s current inventory of boots includes seven different styles designed for different environments and climates. The boots issued initially to recruits are the Hot Weather and Temperate Weather Army Combat Boots. Requirements for these are managed by the Army Uniform Board as part of the recruit “Clothing Bag.” The Program Executive Office Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment maintains and updates the specifications for both boots.

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes


Surveys conducted by the Soldier Center report Soldier satisfaction with ACBs is lower than that with commercial-off-the-shelf, or COTS, boots, leading many Soldiers to purchase and wear COTS boots. The survey of over 14,000 Soldiers world-wide discovered that almost 50% choose to wear COTS combat boots instead of Army-issued boots, Many Soldiers reported choosing combat boots from the commercial market because the COTS boots are lighter, more flexible, require less break-in time, and feel more like athletic shoes than traditional combat boots or work boots. Unfortunately, these characteristics often come at the cost of durability and protection.”

The Soldier Center’s Footwear Performance team believes new technologies can bridge the gap between the lightweight, comfortable, COTS boots and the durable, protective, Army boots. Recent advancements in synthetic materials and rapid prototyping can produce a boot with potentially the same protection, support, and durability of current Army boots, but lighter and more comfortable out of the box. To reach this goal, the Soldier Center is evaluating new types of leather and even some man-made materials which are much more flexible than the heavy-duty, cattle hide leather used in the current boots.

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes


When working with industry to develop the prototype boots for this effort, Adams and Perkins put an emphasis on cutting weight. The boots being tested are up to 1.5 pounds lighter per pair than the ACBs currently being issued. The test boots will be fitted and fielded to 800 basic trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by 800 pairs going to infantry Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Soldier Center team will be hand-fitting each pair of prototype boots throughout the month of January and then return in March and April to collect surveys and conduct focus groups to gather specific feedback.

Simultaneous to the field testing, lab testing will be conducted on the boots at the Soldier Center to quantify characteristics like flexibility, cushioning, cut/abrasion resistance, and breathability. The combination of lab testing and Soldier recommendations will identify Soldier-desired improvements to the boot prototypes and rank the state-of-the-art materials and designs for Soldier acceptance, durability, and safety. The Soldier Center will then provide recommendations to PM SPIE and the Army Uniform Board to drive the next generation of Army Combat Boots.

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes

U.S. Soldier Center tests new Army Combat Boot (ACB) prototypes

Barrett MRAD Military Deployment Kit

Barrett MRAD Military Deployment Kit


The MRAD Military Deployment Kit is available for the commercial, military and law enforcement markets. It comes with a bolt action rifle that is fed from a ten round detachable box magazine and features a user-changeable barrel system, .338 Lapua Magnum stainless steel fluted barrel, .300 Winchester Magnum 24” stainless steel fluted barrel and .308 Winchester 17” stainless steel barrel.

Barrett MRAD Military Deployment Kit

Barrett MRAD Military Deployment Kit


Other features include the military folding stock with adjustable cheek piece and 5 position length of pull and a height adjustable butt plate by the push of a button, adjustable two stage match grade trigger, 22″ optics rail with 20 MOA taper, configurable forward receiver accessory rails, and ambidextrous thumb operated safety.
Barrett MRAD Military Deployment Kit

Barrett MRAD Military Deployment Kit


Each MRAD Military Deployment Kit includes a .300 WM and .308 Win barrel conversion, muzzle brake thread protectors, tool kit, cleaning kit, field spare parts kit, shooting sling, five caliber specific 10 round magazines, 2 sling loops, 3 accessory rails, Atlas bi-pod, Accu-Shot mono-pod, and hard carrying case. The system is available in Flat Dark Earth (FDE) only.

Milkor Grenade Launcher Product

Milkor Grenade Launcher Product


Milkor (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned South African company established in 1980. The company is best known for the range of Milkor MGLs 40mm (multiple grenade launcher), used in more than 50 countries. The US M32 multi-shot grenade launcher, which is in official use by US Marine Corps, is based on the original Milkor MGL-140 design, but with various minor modifications by Milkor USA, which is an entirely different business entity from the original Milkor (Pty) Ltd, based in South Africa.Milkor also has an array of 40mm products catering to the less-lethal market, for infantry and for special forces applications.

Milkor 40mm Super Six MRGL Multi Range Grenade Launcher

Milkor 40mm Super Six MRGL Multi Range Grenade Launcher


Presenting the latest in a trusted family of 40mm Grenade Launchers, Milkor unleashes the new 40mm Super Six MRGL (multi-range-grenade-launcher), a versatile sixth generation 6-shot launcher with different options of cylinder length. A wide variety of 40mm ammunition can be fired from the SuperSix platform. The effective range includes all existing low and medium velocity ammunition. Rounds can be fired in a rapid succession of 6 rounds in less than 3 seconds (operator dependent). Standard 6-shot area coverage of at least 20m x 60m. The SuperSix is manufactured from Mil Standard materials to endure most severe battlefield conditions. The SuperSix is capable of firing a wide range of standard and medium velocity ammunitions, which enables the user to engage a wider range of targets than possible with a standard 40mm launcher.
 Milkor 37/38 & 40mm Stopper Convertible

Milkor 37/38 & 40mm Stopper Convertible


The Milkor 37/38 & 40mm Stopper Convertible is an extremely lightweight single shot break-open weapon designed to give optimum performance utilising a variety of 37/38 Less Lethal or 40mm Less Lethal and Lethal rounds. As a security or assault weapon, it can be fired from the shoulder or like a pistol out of the hand. The weapon is extremely simple to operate and all metal surfaces are treated with a coating for corrosion protection plus long-life dry film lubrication. It is a conventional single shot, a break-open weapon with a unique floating firing pin mechanism that ensures safety when accidentally dropped. The components of the weapon are interchangeable, providing a wide range of applications ranging from Less Lethal 37/38mm to a 40mm Lethal Weapon.
Milkor 40mm MGL Mark 1L Multiple Grenade Launcher

Milkor 40mm MGL Mark 1L Multiple Grenade Launcher


The Milkor 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher Mark 1L is a rugged, robust, shoulder fired 6-shot launcher that has been qualified according to Military Standards. The MGL Mark 1L has a lengthened 140mm chamber as opposed to the standard 105mm chamber of the Mark 1S. The extra 35mm chamber area enables this weapon to fire a variety of ammunition. All shots can be fired in a rapid succession of 6 rounds in less than 3 seconds. The MGL Mark 1L is a semi-automatic weapon designed with simplicity to offer uncompromising reliability and efficiency.
Milkor Y2 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher Mark 1S

Milkor Y2 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher Mark 1S


The Milkor 40mm Multiple Grenade Launcher Mark 1S is a rugged and robust shoulder fired 6-shot launcher that has been qualified according to Military Standards. The Mark 1S is a standard, 105mm chamber, 3rd generation launcher enhancing the capabilities of the legendary 40mm MGL also known as the Milkor Y2, and the 2nd generation Mk1. Milkor has supplied in excess of 50’000 MGL’s to more than 60 countries worldwide.
Milkor 40mm UBGL Under Barrel Grenade Launcher

Milkor 40mm UBGL Under Barrel Grenade Launcher


The 40mm UBGL is an extremely lightweight single shot, Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with advanced safety aspects. The UBGL can be attached to most modern assault weapons and rifles with minor adjustments and using the Picatinny Rail System

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton


Mawashi’s Ultralight Passive Ruggedized Integrated Soldier Exoskeleton (UPRISE™), developed for Special Operations Forces (SOF) is a mechanical system that redirects the load carried by the soldier to the ground. The passive exoskeleton developed by Mawashi is a disruptive technology that has the potential to change the way wars are fought by deeply transforming both Soldier Systems and Load Carriage domains. Actually, lessening the soldier’s burden is one of the top priorities of Armed Forces across the world. For a soldier equipped with the UPRISE™ exoskeleton, it would be easier to transport its equipment (up to 120lb depending on missions) and its ease and range of motion would not be hampered by the carried weight as it is the case without the exoskeleton on. This will guarantee him dominance and efficiency on the battlefield while being equipped with all the tools and features required by its mission.

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton


Activities involving load transport are one of the major causes of musculoskeletal injuries for soldiers. When carried on long distances, the weight coming from soldier’s equipment, backpack and ballistic plates can cause various injuries that affects at different level the efficiency of the soldier. In addition, heavy loads entail a metabolic expenditure increase for the dismounted soldier, which in turn causes a premature exhaustion. Increase in soldier fatigue has been proven to reduce cognitive functions (reduced efficiency of the soldier in hostile environment) and to raise the risk of injuries, therefore load carriage is responsible for several lesions amongst the military population.
Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton


Most common injuries pertaining to load carriage generally affect the legs joints, the musculoskeletal system and the skin. Notably, blisters, lower back pain, metatarsalgia, bone fractures, knee pain and rucksack palsy were observed on many soldiers following intense load carriage sessions. The UPRISE™ Tactical Exoskeleton fulfils this imperative need to increase soldiers’ protection against injuries that strongly hamper their capacity in theater of operation. Wars taking place more and more in urban environments, soldiers will in a near future have to raise the frequency and duration of their pedestrian displacements, the targeted regions being hard or even impossible to reach with a vehicle.
Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton


The UPRISE™ Tactical Exoskeleton is a complex structure made of high strength titanium that is perfectly adapted to the human body. Through its innovative and ultralight design, this exoskeleton achieve an unparalleled level of freedom of movement. In fact, with less than 1% of resistance to movement, the UPRISE™ tactical exoskeleton allows for all the movements involved during tactical maneuvers as well as other tasks required by dismounted soldiers and SOF operators. Its ruggedized and unique frame transfers from 50% to 80% of the load carried by warfighter’s shoulders down to the ground.
The UPRISE™ tactical exoskeleton consist of:
Flexible spine based on human body
Sliding belt for waist rotational degree of freedom
Fully articulated and ergonomic legs
Atlas system for helmet support
Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton

Mawashi Uprise Tactical Exoskeleton

BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets by Stiletto Systems Limited

BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets by Stiletto Systems Limited


The Stiletto Systems Ltd. released short video footage of new shooting tests of new BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets on social media. The ballistic trials were carried out to ascertain the cappable of next generation of ammunition with an added explosive effect to obliterate enemy combat vehicles. Cartridges with BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets demonstrated capable of ripping through any armour and set engines and fuel tanks on fire.

BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets by Stiletto Systems Limited

BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets by Stiletto Systems Limited


The main element of a new bullet is a special penetrator. It has a large amount of kinetic energy and will penetrate any existing or known armour. But new bullet also included of a special high-explosive incendiary module. The initial collision ignites the incendiary material in the tip, triggering the detonation of the high-explosive charge. The second incendiary charge will also ignite. This burns at a very high temperature and is not easily extinguished.
BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets by Stiletto Systems Limited

BS-12 armour piercing incendiary bullets by Stiletto Systems Limited