The U.S. Army introduced it has reached an settlement with Barrett, the gun’s maker, on a $49.9 million, 5-year contract to accumulate the MK22 Multi-role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle.
According to a current service news launch, the Army awarded the deal to Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc. to accumulate the MK22 MRAD rifle because the Army’s new sniper weapon system.
“The Army will procure approximately 2,800 MK22 rifles from Barrett, the current maker of the Army’s M107 .50 Caliber Long Range Sniper Rifle,” stated in an announcement.
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The MK22 is a part of the Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) Program which additionally contains the Leupold & Stevens (Beaverton, OR) Mark 5 HD scope and a sniper accent equipment.
The MK22 is a modular system that will likely be fielded with three separate calibers, the .338 Norma Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum and seven.62×51 NATO.
Army snipers will have the ability to conduct a barrel change and choose calibers primarily based on their mission working atmosphere.
The PSR program will permit the Army an excessive vary weapon programs that’s lighter than present sniper rifles and contains options that may masks the sniper signature for improved survivability.
SOCOM beforehand awarded a contract to Barrett to buy the MRAD as a part of their Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) program.