Barrett Just Won the Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) Contract
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Barrett has just been awarded the HUGE ($50 million) Advance Sniper Rifle contract by SOCOM for their MRAD rifle system.
If you’ve been following the Going Ballistic Podcast, you’ve heard me guess that they’d be the winner for about a year now… well, now it’s official.
Congratulations to the Barrett team – they have a great product with the MRAD and this is some consolation from the MSR Contract debacle.
According to the Department of Defense’s announcement:
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc., Christiana, Tennessee, was awarded an estimated $49,936,300, five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92403-19-D-0002) for the purchase of advanced sniper rifles in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $387,234 are being obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in Christiana, and is scheduled to be completed by March 2024. The solicitation was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website under “full and open competition” and six proposals were received. USSOCOM, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.
Advanced Sniper Rifle Contract
The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) announced in 2016 that they were looking for a new sniper rifle. The contract/program was called the “Advanced Sniper Rifle” (ASR) program and it was replacing the Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) program from a couple years prior.
The ASR Contract called for “a modular, multi-caliber bolt action sniper rifle capable of engagements to beyond 1,500 m.” Because it pays to be connected in the military contracting and long range shooting communities, we also broke the news that the 300 Norma was selected as the cartridge for the ASR.
Barrett’s MRAD for ASR/SOCOM
We got our hands on the ASR version of the MRAD and detail the modifications from the standard MRAD here: SOCOM’s New Sniper Rifle