The search for the Army’s new Modular Handgun System has ended.
And the winner is, Sig Sauer!!! Put another way, the Beretta M9 is dead.
“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System team,” said Army acquisition executive Steffanie Easter in the release obtained by Military.com.
“By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”
The search for the new MHS began in 2011. The goal was to find a replacement for the Beretta M9 in a timely fashion. The search was anything but timely. Delay after delay, deadline missed after deadline missed, it seemed as if the Army would never make up its mind.
But it finally did. And it’s a Sig! Presumably a P320-based pistol, which beat out Smith & Wesson, Beretta and Glock for the massive contract worth upwards of $580 million!
No word yet on caliber.
“As MHS moves forward into operational testing, the due diligence taken by all of the stakeholders will ensure a program that remains on-budget and on-schedule,” Easter said.
After operational testing, the new pistol should be fielded this year, said the release.