Heckler & Koch Grabs $33 Million Army Sniper, Marksman Rifle Award

03/5/20 12:37 AM | by

Fort Bliss Alpha Company 4-17 Infantry Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Squad Designated Marksman Rifle SDM-R Jan. 25 2019 HK G28 sig 1-6x24mm Tango6 (2)

A test Sniper engages targets identified by his spotter while wearing a Ghillie suit during the Compact, Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle (CSASS) operational test at Fort Carson, Colo. (Photo Credit: Maj. Michael P. Brabner, Test Officer, Maneuver Test Directorate, U.S. Operational Test Command)

HK stands to bank up to $33.5 million on precision rifles, such as these new M110A1 CSASS platforms, for the U.S. Army over the next couple of years. (Photo: U.S. Army)

The U.S. Army Contracting Command on Wednesday announced a contract award to Hecker & Koch worth over $33 million.

The Ashburn, Virginia-based company was awarded a $33.5 modification to contracts for the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System and the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle.

The CSASS, classified by the Army as the M110A1 rifle, is a variant of the company’s G28 (HK241) platform chambered in 7.62 NATO. The rifle, which itself is a development of the HK417 series, was first green-lighted by Uncle in 2016.

As its name program name would imply, the rifle is light, weighing in at 8.48-pounds sans optics and accessories. Its primary day optic is the Schmidt & Bender 3-20 power scope on a Geissele mount with accessories to include a suppressor and bipod.

AN HK G28, M110A1 CSASS rifle on a gray background. r/Guns.com)

The HK G28 variant used as the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or M110A1. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The M110A1 is set to augment existing supplies of the legacy M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System, which is produced by the Florida-based Knights Armament Company. KAC introduced its system in 2007 complete with a 20-inch Chromoly 5R barrel and it has gone on to see extensive not only with the Army but also the Marines and Coast Guard. KAC has a contract through 2024 for its M110 SASS variant.

Fort Bliss Alpha Company 4-17 Infantry Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Squad Designated Marksman Rifle SDM-R Jan. 25 2019 HK G28 sig 1-6x24mm Tango6 (2)

The SDMR in all its glory, complete with translucent mags, HK Oberndorf roll marks, offset backup sights, a Geissele mount, suppressor and Sig Tango6 optic. (Photo: U.S. Army)

The SDMR is a variant of the HK-produced M110A1 with a slightly different stock and Sig Sauer’s 1-6x24mm Tango6 optic. The Army is moving to adopt between 5,000 and 6,000 SDMRs to replace modified M14 rifles used as designated marksman rifles over the past decade.

The SDMR was evaluated at Fort Bliss by the Army’s PEO Soldier program in 2019.

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