:uhh: Reads like it was written for the Remington MSR
Added: Jul 22, 2009 8:49 am
The U.S. Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Command, PicatinnyArsenal, NJ is interested in determining the state of the art/state of thepractice of readily available (non-developmental) firearms that could serve as a Configurable Extended Range Sniper Rifle (CERSR). The purpose ofconducting this survey as part of a research effort is to identify potential sources of different types of CERSR candidate weapons that will extenda Snipers effective range when engaging personnel targets beyond current 7.62x51mm and .300 Winchester Magnum (Win Mag) based platforms and ammunitionwhile also providing the option of reconfiguring the rifle to fire 7.62x51mm and .300 Win Mag cartridges currently available to US Armed Forces. Theoverarching objective of this CERSR research effort is to ascertain 1) the viability of a rifle/cartridge materiel combination that will maximize personnel size target probability of hit and ensure lethality at various ranges out a minimum of 1500 meters and 2) if the platform can be configuredto meet the operational needs of military Snipers (i.e. weight, size, user interface, and caliber flexibility) based on Mission, Enemy, Terrain and weather, Troops available, Time (METT-TC) and Rules Of Engagement (ROE) considerations. In addition, the government seeks to characterize the effectsof changes on such things as weapon shooter interface design features, weight, barrel length/twist characteristics, cartridge performance, ease of reconfiguration, component alignment repeatability, and overall physical dimensions. Potential CERSR candidates shall meet the following criteria:
1) Readiness Level: Design is ready to work in its final form and under expected conditions with exception to minor user induced changes that are primarily user interface related and materiel submissions are immediately available for evaluation. The manufacturers existing technical datacurrently provides sufficient data to support fabrication of prototype materiel (Developmental Design Drawings) for test and can be ready formanufacture (Product Drawings) within one (1) year of this announcement.(See MIL-DTL-31000C, section 3.6.1 for Developmental and Product drawingdefinitions).
2) Caliber: Chambered to accommodate a .338 caliber cartridge, however, .338 cartridge configuration is open to any commercially available variant andbullet weight (See FAR 2.101 Commercial item) and also capable of reconfiguration to chamber 7.62x51mm NATO STD ammunition particularly M118LR (DODIC AA11) and .300 Win Mag (DODIC A191) cartridges.
3) Configurability: It is desired that the serialized receiver be common to all caliber configurations, however, one serialized receiver per caliber isan acceptable solution at this time for this research effort. The rifle shall be reconfigurable at the Field Maintenance level (combined operatororganizational level (-10) and direct support (-20)) by MOS 45B-Small Arms Repairman after receiving contractor supplied training and special tooling(See AR 750-1 for Army Maintenance Policy). It is requested that a brief description of any special tooling (and associated cost) be disclosed inresponse to this sources sought announcement if required for rifle reconfiguration.
4) Sound Suppressor: Configured with one (1) sound suppressor and applicable interface hardware capable of tool less attachment to and removal from7.62x51mm, .300 Win Mag, and .338 caliber rifle barrels. Sound suppressor shall not shift point of impact by more than two (2) minutes of angle in allcalibers. Impact shift direction shall be consistent when removing and reattaching the suppressor.
5) Stock/Chassis: Stock shall accommodate detachable box magazine configurations designed to reliably feed 7.62x51mm, .300 Win Mag, and .338, with an ergonomic adjustable comb, length of pull, and folding butt stock.
6) MIL-STD-1913 Rail: Shall be configured with a MIL-STD-1913 rail capable of accommodating both a day optic, an in-line, forward mounted detachableclip-on night vision device as well as other rail mounted ancillary target acquisition and aiming devices.
7) Day optic: Shall be configured with a day optic scope (DOS) and mounting rings. The DOS will have ample magnification to easily acquire and engagetargets out to a minimum of 1500 meters, be fitted with a rapid ranging stadia reticle, 1/10th milliradian elevation and windage adjustments, and enough reticle travel to accommodate a minimum of 1500 meter engagement given the proposed ammo/weapon and in combination with the platforms1913 rail declination (if any).
This survey will provide insight to the government on the trade-offs associated with integrated CERSR rifle design, reconfiguration advantages, andcartridge configuration. Interested responders should provide a description of their weapon system(s) including technical specifications (e.g. overalllength, barrel length(s) and associated rifling characteristics (i.e. twist rate and direction, type of rifling, number of grooves), loaded/unloadedweight, firing rate) along with any additional information the responder deems necessary to describe the physical characteristics and performance of thesystem. This is a market survey only.