Well, a little bit more confusion enters the picture and future of the CSASS. A senior US Army official has just indicated that the Army has selected the H&K G28 for the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR). In case if you have not been following along, the G28 was the rifle selected as the M110A1 Compact Semi-Auto Sniper System (CSASS) to replace the M110SASS. Supposedly the US Army has earmarked an undisclosed amount of money in 2018 for the SDMR program and they will be purchasing the G28. But it is unclear if these rifles are just more M110A1s or if it will be a different configuration of the G28, perhaps with different optics?
The SDMR program is supposedly the first phase in introducing more capability of defeating modern body armor than what the latest 5.56 NATO ammo is capable of. If there is a single designated marksman in each infantry squad with a 7.62 NATO rifle that can penetrate the armor, then it will increase lethality among the infantry units. Given this priority, one would think the optics will certainly be different and less powerful than the M110A1, but if they are also looking to extend the range of the squad with that SDMR, then the optics could remain the same.
Add into this announcement the recent announcement of a limited number of M110A1’s that will be purchased for the USMC, and we start to wonder how many irons are in the fire and when the actual system is going to be deployed… and to whom exactly?
We’ll keep monitoring the situation