Heckler & Koch (H&K) has confirmed the rifle that won the Army's Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) contract.
The rifle is a modified G28 and it will replace the M110 manufactured by Knight's Armament. This rifle meets the U.S. Army's requirements of a shorter, lighter, 7.62mm gas powered rifle that doesn't sacrifice accuracy or performance.
“The HK CSASS rifle is a substantial upgrade over the Army’s current sniper rifles, enhancing accuracy and reliability while providing for a handier, more compact arm,” Heckler & Koch USA president Wayne Weber said.
H&K is not currently giving further details on how the SASS rifle differs from the G28. Although current specs on H&K's website lists the commercial version with minimum specs of 96.5 cm (37.99 inches) and weight of 5.8kg (12.7lbs). This would make the commercial version 6cm (2.5 inches) shorter and 1.3kg (3 lbs) lighter than the M110.
The SASS contract awarded is to produce up to 3643 rifles at a value of $44.5 million, approx $12000 per unit. The U.S. Army will make a minimum purchase of 30 rifles for quality assurance and testing. H&K are also to provide parts and support.