US Army issues request for proposal for its new XM17 Modular Handgun System 20209153

Defence & Security News - United States
US Army issues Request for Proposal for its new XM17 Modular Handgun System
The US Army has requested submissions for what will be the most expensive and one of the biggest handgun contracts in history worth $580 million, the Army Times reported. And for the first time, the US Army’s official sidearm may be capable of firing expanding or fragmenting bullets, the report published on Tuesday August 28 noted.
US Army issues request for proposal for its new XM17 Modular Handgun System 640 001The XM17 Modual Handgun System is intended to replace the Beretta M9 in service with US Army and US Navy since 1985

"The solicitation issued August 28 calls for key features of the Army's new Modular Handgun System — dubbed the XM17 — to include enhanced accuracy, ergonomics, terminal effects and reliability," local media said.

The new sidearm will replace the Army's Beretta M9 pistol, currently in service, the report said. The total value of the Beretta contract over the past 30 years is estimated as $400 million.

The deadline for submissions from industry is January 28, 2016.

The competition will be open caliber, opening the door for larger rounds than 9 mm ammunition, such as .40- and .45-caliber. Each manufacturer can submit two gun/ammunition combinations if they are differing calibers.

Several companies already announced their intention to compete for the MHS program, such Sig Sauer with its new P320 Pistol, and the General Dynamics/Smith & Wesson team.