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Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) consist of the NGSW-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR) and the NGSW-Rifle. The NGSW-AR is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in Brigade Combat Teams, echelons above Brigade Sapper and Mobility Augmentation Companies as an initial priority. It will combine the firepower and effective range of a machine gun with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle, yielding capability improvements in accuracy, range and lethality. The weapon will be lightweight, fire lightweight ammunition and have reduced acoustic and flash signature. Soldiers will employ the NGSW-AR against close-, mid- and extended-range targets in all terrains and conditions.

The Acquisition Objective is for 85,986 systems with an initial Acquisition Procurement Objective of 17,972 systems.


The NGSW-AR combines the firepower and range of a machine gun with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle, yielding significant capability improvements in accuracy, range, signature management and lethality.


  • NGSW-AR will be compatible with legacy optics and night vision devices and will integrate with improved, more capable accessories and enablers as they develop
  • Other specifications to be determined


FY16: Small Arms Ammunition Configuration Study completed
FY17: Army defines options to maintain small arms overmatch
FY18: Squad Designated Marksman Rifle/Advanced Armor Piercing Ammunition selected as near-term solution


FY19: NGSW Program initiation planned
FY22: First Unit Equipped