PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Army’s PEO Soldier has awarded Remington Arms Company a contract for the “M24 Reconfigured Sniper Weapon System.” The award will result in the near-term fielding of 250 XM2010 weapon systems, which will be chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum cartridges. The new chambering significantly extends the weapon’s maximum effective range. The Army expects to take delivery of the first upgraded weapons in January.
“Within the space of a year we were able to partner with industry to deliver a new capability for our Snipers in combat,” said LTC Chris Lehner, Product Manager Individual Weapons. “The upgraded weapon system provides extended range for our snipers and incorporates the latest in weapons technology.”
After a full and open competition, the Army awarded the firm fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the upgrade of up to 3,600 M24 Sniper Weapon Systems. Upgraded weapon features include:
- Bolt action rifle chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition to increase the effective range
- 5-round box magazine to make the system easier to load and reload with the additional option to change out ammunition quickly
- Rail endowed chassis and free floating barrel that allow for easier mounting of weapon accessories and greater accuracy
- Folding and adjustable stock that includes comb and length-of-pull adjustments
- Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm Extended Range /Tactical riflescope with advanced scalable ranging and targeting reticle; fielded with the AN/PVS-29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight
- Quick attach/detach suppressor to reduce audible and visible signature with an available thermal sleeve that reduces mirage effect on heated suppressors
“The XM2010 had pinpoint precision,” said SFC Robert Roof, NCOIC/Chief Instructor, United States Army Sniper School. “We were able to achieve shots well within the weapon’s capabilities both during limited visibility and during the day. The optics were clear and easy to use and the ergonomics of the weapon made it very comfortable to shoot.”
The M24 upgrade initiative is the result of a Department of the Army G3 directed requirement to provide snipers operating in Operation Enduring Freedom greater capability to engage the enemy. PEO Soldier issued request for proposals from industry in January. The competing systems were tested and evaluated extensively throughout the spring and summer at Aberdeen Test Center with participation by engineers from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Army Testing and Evaluation Command (ATEC), members of the U.S. Army Sniper School, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Army National Guard Marksmanship Unit. It is expected that the XM2010s will provide at least 10 years of service and will serve as a precursor to future sniper systems.
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