The new compact sniper rifle, formally known as the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS), is based on the H&K G28 rifle.
Under the terms of the new contract, Heckler & Koch will be paid up to $44.5 million to produce up to 3,643 units of the new compact sniper rifle. In addition to producing the actual rifles, Heckler & Koch will also provide spare parts, maintenance support, and training to the Army under the terms of the contract.
The Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) is a lightweight version of the G28 rifle currently being used by the German Army. Chambered in the ubiquitous 7.62x51mm cartridge, the CSASS is a compact, lightweight, and highly accurate weapon that is designed to fill the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role in the U.S. Army inventory.
The need for a Designated Marksman (DM) became readily apparent to the U.S. Army during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when the Army recognized a need to engage targets at 250-600m when a dedicated sniper wasn’t available. In this capacity, the CSASS would replace the modified M-14 and M-16 rifles currently being used as DRMs.
H&K touts the CSASS as capable of 1.5 MOA with “full night fighting capability.” According to them, the rifle has a maximum effective range with a high first round hit probability out to 600 meters with the ability to suppress man size targets accurately out to 800 meters.
According to Wayne Weber, President of Heckler & Koch USA:
This award represents another significant achievement for Heckler & Koch. The HK CSASS rifle is a substantial upgrade over the Army’s current sniper rifles, enhancing accuracy and reliability while providing for a handier, more compact arm. It also confirms Heckler & Koch as a leader in providing small arms to the U.S. military.