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Textron Systems' Light Armaments Team contracted to build cased-telescoped small arms for US Army

19 May 2014

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a business of the Textron Systems segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), through its light armaments team, said it has received a USD5.7m contract from the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium and the US Army´s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center for continued development of lightweight, cased-telescoped (CT) weapons and ammunition.

Under this two-year award, the team will develop a CT carbine, as well as 7.62 millimeter (mm) CT ammunition and a machine gun operating mechanism. The CT ammunition utilizes a plastic casing to reduce weight significantly versus conventional ammunition while maintaining performance.

The Textron Systems Light Armaments team developed the flagship 5.56 mm CT Light Machine Gun under the lightweight small arms technologies program. The LSAT light machine gun recently took part in the Army´s dismounted non-networked experiment at Fort Benning, Ga., receiving positive user feedback.

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