The weapon is shorter and lighter than traditional sniper rifles, which enhances the mobility of Marine and Army scout snipers and allows for multiple follow-up shots.
This weapon will become standard issue for combat troops. (Source)
The Firearms Blog
August 6th, 2017
The M110 SASS is a 7.62mm sniper rifle system, similar to many rifles that may compete in the ICSR competition.
Image source: US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gregory Brook. Public domain.
The primary justification for the ICSR program are improved ceramic body armors that are resistant to existing forms of small arms ammunition.
The logic goes that the Army’s new 5.56mm M855A1 round cannot penetrate these new armors, and therefore the service must switch to a new round.
However, this is misleading, as current 7.62mm M80A1 is incapable of penetrating these body armors either, and specialty tungsten cored ammunition in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibers are capable of penetrating armor of this type.
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The US Army seems to be banking on its yet-undescribed XM1158 ADVAP round to bridge this gap, however Chief Milley himself admitted in testimony to Congress that the ADVAP’s design could be applied to either 7.62mm or 5.56mm ammunition.
These facts leave us with very little justification for the move to 7.62mm.
It’s difficult to ignore the picture that a move towards a larger caliber infantry rifle has been lobbied for by manufacturers for over a decade, as it would give whoever won a toehold on a highly lucratic exclusive contract.
Sadly, all this program will do is take a load off Chief Milley’s back, and put it on the backs of our troops.
One wonders if General Milley is willing to write to families of the dead when ICSR-equipped units run dry of ammunition and are overrun by 5.45mm-armed foes.