|Colt M4A1 with M203|
Remington now owns Bushmaster and of course their ACR will be their primary entry but Remington isn't stopping there. They have a couple of M4A1's with various improvements that will also likely show up in the competition.
But it wasn't.
The SCAR Mk16 (5.56mm) and Mk17 (7.62x51) won the SOCOM contract. But due to cost considerations the Mk16 was dropped but the Mk17 continues on to be issued to our nations Special Operators.
There are not many details as to the requirements for the new rifles. The Army plans to host an "industry day" in March or April of this year, which is just around the corner. They will then announce the specifications and answer questions the various vendors may have.
The Army plans to conduct an extensive test period that will span 3 years and several millions of rounds fired. They plan to conduct a new test, one previously not conducted, which will run the rifles to failure and measure their accuracy throughout their life cycle.
It will be interesting to see what the submissions are and how well each of them fare in the testing.