Officials with Program Manager Soldier Weapons posted the notice for a new Mounted Machine Gun Optic recently on the government website fbo.gov.
In their Request for Proposal, officials want an optic that can achieve faster target acquisition times and increased first-burst probability of hit.
The Army and Marine Corps are both interested in expanding the use of suppressors.
And they want an optic for each of the following: the M240B the standard issue 7.62mm machine gun, the M2/M2A1 .50 caliber, also known as the “Ma Deuce,” and the Mk19 machine gun, a fully automatic grenade launcher.
Officials will take three companies’ submissions by mid-November and expect 35 MMOs for testing.
They plan to make an award by early 2019.
They’ll be taking test data on “magnification, weapon shock ruggedization, zero retention, parallax, and high temperature performance” into consideration.
But, most importantly, the result must “enable warfighters to scan with both eyes open, then rapidly slew the weapon on target, and engage with a higher confidence of getting the first burst on target,” according to the posting.