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Army researches data as they use next-gen squad weapons

Armaments Research Co. will provide U.S. soldiers with real-time data on the health and readiness of rifles the service recently selected for its close combat force under the Next Generation Squad Weapons program, the company announced. in a press release Wednesday.

The platform built by the small data and technology company will use an Internet of Things system to monitor large-scale handguns, the statement said.

“The resulting information will allow units to regularly assess weapon health, reduce failure rates, extend weapon life and optimize maintenance plans, improve performance and reduce costs,” the company said in the statement.

Armaments Research will partner with firearms company Sig Sauer, which the Army selected in April to manufacture the 6.8mm rifles and automatic rifles that will replace standard M4 variants in the close combat force. Army general purpose forces will continue to use the M4.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with Sig Sauer to deliver this revolutionary platform and refresh army weapons for the first time in several decades,” said Michael Canty, CEO of Armaments Research, in the release. . “The Army NGSW program office pushes the boundaries in pursuing a modern, data-driven approach to weapons readiness and we are honored to help make it happen.”

The company did not provide details in the release about the terms of its contract, including price or duration. Sig Sauer’s contract is for 10 years, with an initial delivery order of $20.4 million.

Founded in 2016 and based in Bethesda, Maryland, Armaments Research provides services to defense and law enforcement clients. He claims on his website that his systems reduce tactical response time by 60%.

The Next Generation Squad Weapons program is an effort launched by the Army in 2017 to prototype and develop more lethal small arms for the close combat force.

Irene Loewenson is a staff editor for Military Times and Defense News. Originally from New York, she is a recent graduate of Williams College, where she served as editor of the student newspaper.