Sig Sauer picked to make US Army's new sidearm

Following operational tests, the Army expects soldiers to begin fielding the new handgun later this year.

Sig Sauer picked to make US Army's new sidearm

World Bulletin / News Desk

The US Army announced Thursday that German-Swiss gunmaker Sig Sauer has been awarded a contract to replace the service's aging sidearm, the Beretta M9.

The arms maker will provide handguns, accessories and ammunition under a contract worth up to $580 million, the Army said in a statement. 

The awarding of the Modular Handgun System contract comes after years of searching for a replacement to the M9 9-mm handgun, which has been the Army's go-to sidearm since 1985.

"By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters," Army acquisition executive Steffanie Easter said in a statement. 

Lawmakers have frequently criticized the length and complexity of the bidding process to replace the outdated M9. 

The Army first started looking for a new gun almost a decade ago.

 

 

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