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"Picatinny, we have a problem."
Actually it would be really strange that a competitor announces the quit of another one. Besides, since bullpup family is alledgedly rejected by the comission, maybe either two of the bids have been merged (TV ammo and SiG designs) or that mention of two competitors is just a mistake
Yeah, this is not good news with Textron apparently being out.
The absolute best we can hope for at this point is TV ammo in sig guns and that's fuckin grim.
The lightweight MMG thing is at least hopeful.
Apparently we're not the only ones who are speculating based on that press release...
SSD had this editorial on top of the presser:
The release also claims that they are one of two companies remaining in the NGSW program.? I know that SIG is still involved based on discussions during AUSA. So by elimination, True Velocity is telling us that Textron and their Case Telescoping Technology is out?.
There are some legs to this assumption. I had heard several rumors while in the UK attending DSEi that Textron was out. At AUSA??, I visited the Textron booth and there were no NGSW candidates in the booth. I inquired at the front desk and they told me they would get back to me after accepting my card.?? About two hours later, I received an email which informed me that they would be unable to discuss the program with me during AUSA?. I furthered my investigation by speaking with some of their suppliers in attendance at the show, who quite properly told me they couldn’t comment on the matter.
The three NGSW vendors had to send in their latest proposals for the program a few weeks ago. I have inquired with the Army as to which companies submitted proposals and I’m awaiting their answer.?? Until we get a definitive answer from either of the Army or Textron, ?it’s all an educated guess.
I really, really hope Textron isn't out, but we'll have to wait on the Army getting back to SSD to know for sure, It's going to be really depressing if this is the case, I just don't even know what would cause them to be out, it would have to be something big or fundamental to their designs, no idea how something like that wouldn't have been caught in the last decade of testing
There is one very obvious drawback to the Textron NGSW-R: The single-feed magazine design.
Perhaps the Army decided being unable to load magazines via stripper clips is not acceptable?
I highly doubt whether magazines could be charged by stripper clips would be the determining factor for disqualifying such a promising system.
It would have to be a critical technical issue with the prototypes, my guess(if they really have dropped out) would be something like severe accuracy issues induced via chamber misalignment resulting from rough handling/field conditions, seeing as the tolerances for <4 MOA shooting have to be in the 0.1mm range and ideally would be perfectly aligned to shoot 1 MOA, if the chamber is off by 0.2mm the gun will start shooting 12MOA according to the research paper done on it.
Perhaps I am a bit dim, but I don't really see the advantage of a case telescoped round for an infantry weapon when compared to TV's polymer cased one. It would seem:
1) that more polymer would be needed to enclose the bullet, increasing the rounds volume
2) the case would be larger diameter (although shorter), making the magazines wider and the increased volume adds bulk
3) the moving chamber brings additional complications like proper alignment
I can understand why a CT cartridge would be useful for handling for larger diameter autocannons where the overall length of a cartridge affects loading speed, I just am not sure that the same advantage holds for smaller infantry weapons.
4chan speculation via reddit:
Someone on /k/ worked out the timeline and found how this chain of events is tied into the testing cycle, and indicates TV's confidence in victory.
Ok, well this is interesting. True Velocity made the purchase for $84,000,000. Prior to this year TV doesn't have any records of funding rounds, but this year it did two rounds of $6m and $30m in Sep and Oct. The timeline for the GD-LS-TV novations and sales is:
Mid Apr: TV and LS announce strategic partnership.
30 Jun: Army grants approval for GD novation of patents to LS.
Sep-late Oct: TV does fundraising rounds.
Nov: TV announces acquisition of LS.
Overlay this with test scheduling. Q3fy20 was initial test commencement, Q2fy21 was trials commencemdnt.
At the time we assumed GD were washing their hands of NGSW. It now looks more like LS and TV realised that Textron had shat the bed at prototype/soldier touch point test in 2020 and had a decision point at Q2fy21 where they'd see what Textron submitted for the trials; if they didn't see a certain thing or if they saw Textron do some other certain thing then they were confidence that they'd win and were in a position to capitalise on the information advantage to consolidate get the excess profit instead of it all going to GD as prime. LS was able to novate the patents almost immediately once they had govt approval but TV had to do a fundraising round to get the capital.
I think they're certain they've won and they're setting up for a system monopoly by consolidating the system elements (ammo, weapon, can't get sights right now) in a single horizontally and vertically integrated prime. I think they reached this conclusion as soon as the second trials started.
I would be completely fine with a GD/TV Win, their entry+ammo is good, and if they can get that lightweight medium machine gun they're working on later than even better, However at this point all we have to go off is speculation about Textron, so I'll wait until they put out a press release or get back to SSD about whether they're in or not.