Last month, the Department of the Navy released its Budget Estimates Justification Book for USMC procurement in FY19. A section of that DoD report reveals that the USMC has set aside funds to buy the Army Modular Handgun System.
Modular Handgun System
As Military.com points out, Sig Sauer won the $580 million contract to build the Modular Handgun System in 2017. The gun is designed to replace the aging Beretta M9. The Army began fielding its 9mm Modular Handgun System, designated the M17 and M18, in November.
While the Army has adopted the Modular Handgun System, the Marine Corps is still using the M9 for now. But it looks like that’s about to change; the Modular Handgun System was included in the Family of Infantry Weapons Systems section of the DoD report.
“The Modular Handgun System will be purchased to replace the legacy M9, M9A1, M45A1, and M007 pistols with a more affordable and efficient pistol for maintenance,” the report says. “The MHS also provides modularity and greater shooter ergonomics over the current models, which will allow for more accurate fire for military personnel of different sizes.”
According to the document, the USMC will buy 35,000 Modular Handgun System pistols at a cost of $180 per unit.
In addition, Military.com speculates that the Marines want the more compact M18 pistol. This speculation is due to a RFI issued by Program Manager Individual Combat and Equipment (PM ICE) and MARCORSYSCOM in February seeking “industry input that identifies potential sources for holster sleeve for the Modular Handgun System (MHS) (P320 Sig Sauer handgun) Compact (MX18) version.”
The RFI says submissions are due no later than March 30.
The USMC has set aside $28.3 million for its Family of Infantry Weapons Systems. That money will go toward procuring and fielding the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle and Modular Handgun System (MHS). Furthermore, it’ll also go toward the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS); M320 Grenade Launchers; and Tow Objective Gunner Protection Kit 2.0 (TOGPK 2.0), the document says.
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