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Marines eying Army’s squad weapon but hasn’t even finished fielding its current rifle

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment fire the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a live-fire weapons exercise at range F-18 on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 8, 2017. The M27 has been introduced to different units throughout the Marine Corps within the last six months. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michaela R. Gregory)

The US Marines are already looking at the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon for procurement, despite not even finishing the daunting task of fielding the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR).

The 6.8mm NGSW is now in its final phases of testing, effectively setting the stage to phase out the M4A1 and M249 series of weapons.

Meanwhile, the USMC continues to wrestle with their Heckler & Koch IARs, despite already announcing they would eventually look to replace it with the NGSW.

The reason for the upgrade to 6.8 revolves around the need to penetrate modern body armor without sacrificing range.

The USMC “could receive first deliveries of the NGSW as early as fiscal year 2025,” Maj. Mike Brisker, weapons product manager for MCSC’s Program Manager Infantry Weapons, said in a statement to Military.com

It is unknown how the existence of so many different small arms in different calibers will affect logistics.

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