US Army holds trial of new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

“This fall, the Army began fielding the new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR) to the first selected units. A limited-user test of the SDM-R is also underway now at Fort Bliss, Texas,” the United States Army said.

According to Program Executive Office Soldier assistant program manager Captain Weston Goodrich the new SDMR is based on the Heckler and Koch G28E-110 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or CSASS, and will provide infantry, scout, and engineer squads the capability to engage with accurate rifle fire at longer ranges.

“The Army’s current rifle technology is most effective below the 300-meter range; however, Soldiers are fully capable of fighting beyond that threshold,” Goodrich said. Comparatively, snipers are typically used at 600 meters and beyond.

“The new rifle addresses the 300 to 600 meters range gap outlined in the 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Capabilities-Based Assessment,” Goodrich said.

“The Army is working to equip each squad with a predetermined amount of marksman rifles,” he added.