Textron is one of three companies the U.S. Army selected to develop prototypes of rifles under the service branchâ€™s Next Generation Squad Weapons program and wants to be prepared to go into mass production should it win the NGSW contract, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.
Wayne Prender, a senior vice president at Textron, told reporters Tuesday that the company is preparing for a â€œhigh rate of productionâ€ through its partnership with gun manufacturer Heckler & KochÂ and ammunition maker Olin Winchester.
Textron, General Dynamics and Sig Sauer have secured other transaction agreements to provide the Army with 53 NGSW assault rifles, 43 automatic rifles and 850K rounds of 6.8 millimeterÂ ammo within 27 months as the service plans to start deploying the weapons to close combat troops in 2022.
â€œWhether [to] move right into an initial Low-Rate Initial Production, followed by fielding and first unit equipped, or [to do] additional prototyping and maturation of the weapon system â€¦ all that will be determined by the Army,â€ Prender said. â€œWe have high confidence that our weapon system will meet all of the requirements that the Army has laid out â€¦ so weâ€™re looking forward to at the end of those 27 months toÂ move into production.”