The 6.8mm rifles will fire bullets capable of ripping through any body armour and are expected to be in use by 2022.
Army chief of staff. Gen. Mark Milley told The Military Times: “”It will fire at speeds that far exceed the velocity of bullets today, and it will penetrate any existing or known … body armour that’s out there.
“What I have seen so far from the engineers and the folks that put these things together, this is entirely technologically possible. … It’s a very good weapon.”
The new guns will offer major improvements in capabilities compared with the decades-old M16 and M4 weapons, the Army claims.
The “Next Generation Squad Weapon program,” is an Army initiative but has had input from Marines and special operations forces, reports The Military Times.
Milley described it as “better than any weapon on earth today, by far”.
He told the publication: “It’s a pretty impressive gun.”