The following is a release from the U.S. Army:
Fort Belvoir, Va. (July 8, 2015) — The Army moved closer to releasing its long-awaited solicitation for a new, modern handgun system when it hosted a fourth industry day for interested vendors at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., July 8.
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The Army named the new weapon the “XM17″ Modular Handgun System. It will replace the current M9 standard Army handgun with a more state-of-the-art weapon system.
“More than 20 companies attended the event,” said Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier spokesperson.
Federal procurement restrictions do not allow the disclosure of the names of firms participating, she said.
The government presented changes to its latest draft solicitation for the XM17, which were posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website, June 8.
Among changes discussed at the industry day was policy that now opens up the competition to rounds other than ball (full metal jacket) ammunition.
A representative from the Army Judge Advocate General’s Office discussed the decision in detail during the event.
Richard Jackson, special assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War, told attendees that federal, state, local and military law enforcement elements routinely use expanding …read more
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