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HK Snags Contract for New U.S. Army Compact Sniper Rifle

HK Snags New Contract To Produce New U.S. Army Compact Sniper Rifle

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.

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HK Snags Contract for New U.S. Army Compact Sniper Rifle