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.
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.
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.