The US Department of Defense has announced the winner of the contract for the US Army Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS). The $44.5 million contract was awarded to Heckler & Koch for their modified G28E submission. The contract is for 3643 of the rifle packages which appear to be a replacement for the M110 SASS system currently in use and made by Knight Armament Company (KAC). The G28E uses a Operators Suppressor Systems (OSS) over barrel suppressor to minimize the size. Beyond that, we have not heard much about the details. The picture below is of the G28E that H&K had on display at shot show and is topped with a S&B scope. It will be interesting to see if the US Army sticks with their preferred Leupold scopes that they have used on the M24 and M110 systems up to this point. We’ll provide info as it becomes available.

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R type

Long time ago in one of the comments here I stated that H&K G28 is far better DMR rifle then M110. And G28 should be new CSASS. I think they decided correctly.

Question here: US army said they will be replacing 3-9 Leupold on SASS. So doesn’t this picture suggest they will go with S&B?

Looking at picture (considering design of top turret and overall design) this is S&B 3-12×54 PM II Ultra Bright or 3-20×50 PM II Ultra Short.

Interesting. Thanks for info.

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Mel Ewing

I’m anxious to hear what the final scope selection will be. They have used Leupold’s since the 1980’s, so it’ll be interesting to see if they go with one of the newer high end Leupolds or S&B or Premier or nightforce or ???? Yes, based on that picture, it looks like H&K is promoting the S&B on their proposal… Guess we’ll see. Since the pricing breaks down to over $12,000 USD per package, it certainly is in the budget to go S&B.

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R type

Ups!…. old scope on SASS was ” Leupold Mk4 3.5-10x40mm with TMR reticle, M2 knobs and in dark earth color”. My mistake.

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Guy Lefebvre CD

Judging from the look of the mag well, it appears to be chambered for the 7.62 x51 NATO round. I heard that the US Military had scrapped that old work horse In favor of the 338 round. Any info on that?

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Mel Ewing

Nope, they did not scrap the 308/7.62×51, but they augmented it with the 300 Win mag. The current M110 SASS is chambered in 7.62 and the new CSASS is also chambered in the 7.62. At the same time, they are rebuilding the M24’s as 300 Win Mags (with extensive other changes). They are intended to work together to cover all mission profiles. Some units will have the M24s/XM2010s, Some with have the SASS/CSASS, some will have both.

This is just for the US Army. The USMC is total different. They still use their various versions of the M40s, and they have been toying with 338 Lapua’s as well.

The Special Ops/Dev Groups/-D/SOCCOM/etc boys… well, they use whatever they want and it changes often.

MEL

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Eric B.

Too bad the Army and NATO can’t get up the courage (or is it budget?) to convert from 7.62 NATO to 6.5 Creedmoor. “All” it would take is barrel changes. The magazine and bolt faces are the same since the 6.5 Creedmoor is a necked down 7.62/.308 case.

Why convert to 6.5 CM? Because it is far better in ballistics than the 7.262 NATO cartridge. It has virtually the same ballistics (except retained energy) as the .300 Win mag.

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Mel Ewing

Its a good cartridge, but it will never be adopted by the military. The costs associated would be astronomical and of course the second it would be brought up, someone else would say it should be the 260, then another would say the 7mm08, then another would say the 6.5×47 Lapua, then another would say the 338 Federal, etc. And then it would be years of trials and tests… and then they would find out that when fired through a machine gun, they don’t feed as well, or there is not enough advantage to warrant the expense of converting every thing over. (Remember, a VAST majority of 7.62 is fired through machine guns, not sniper rifles, where long range ballistics are not as important). Anyway, the 260/6.5CM/6.5×47 is a great family of cartridges, but they are somewhat of a niche at this point.

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