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  • The Army has discontinued its plans to develop the Interim Combat Service Rifle.
  • The ICSR was meant to replace the M4/M16 for some units until a long-term replacement was ready.

The Army has officially scrapped its search for a short-term replacement for the M4/M16 rifle platform.

Funds for the Interim Combat Service Rifle have been redirected to the long-term project to design the Next Generation Squad Weapon, which will replace the current rifle platform for good. Military Times spotted the announcement on a post on the federal business opportunities website this week.

“Resulting from a change in strategy, the Government is reallocating the ICSR funding to the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW). The NGSW will be a long term solution to meet the identified capability gap instead of the ICSR, which was an interim solution,” the post says.

When it officially announced the project in August, the Army said it was looking for up to 50,000 commercially available rifles of 7.62 mm caliber.

“The Army has identified a potential gap in the capability of ground forces and infantry to penetrate body armor using existing ammunition,” the August 4 notice said. “To address this operational need, the Army is looking for an Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) that is capable of defeating emerging threats.”

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Current and former Army officials have said for some time that the range and stopping power of the 5.56 mm round currently in use underperform that of rounds used by adversaries.

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