U.S. Army is set to acquire M107 .50 caliber long-range sniper rifles from Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc., U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.
According to U.S. Department of Defense source, the contract that has been awarded to the rifle manufacturer from U.S. Army contracting command is worth more than $7,9 million.
The contract covers the delivery of the .50 caliber long-range sniper rifles with scope, suppressor and spare kits.
Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 26, 2023.
The .50 caliber sniper rifle is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-materiel sniper system developed by the American Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company and has been adopted by U.S. Army and is similar to the US Marine Corps Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber sniper system.
The M107.50 is lighter, stronger, more accurate, and more capable. It enables Army snipers to accurately engage material targets out to a distance of 1500 to 2000 meters.
The rifle is developed to effectively engage and defeat materiel targets such as aircraft (parked), communications targets, computers, intelligence sites, radar sites, ammunition depots, oil stores as well as lightly armored vehicles.