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Corps seeks lighter, more capable rifle optic for combat arms Marines

By Maj. Kenneth Kunze, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command | May 14, 2019


Marine Corps Systems Command is requesting information that will inform the procurement of a new Squad Common Optic for use on the M4, M4A1 and M27. The Request for Information indicates that the Corps is seeking a lighter weight optic that can acquire targets from a farther distance than its predecessor.

The SCO is a rifle scope that will replace the current Rifle Combat Optic and Squad Day Optic for combat arms Marines. When the SCO is fielded, noncombat arms Marines who are not issued the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle will continue to use the RCO.

The SCO Request for Information is a continuation of market research that began in 2017 and is intended to assess market potential against technology gains in the past two years, said Tom Dever, project officer for the Combat Optics program.

"Program Manager Infantry Weapons looks forward to working with our industry partners to deliver an improved targeting capability to our warfighters," he said.

Procurement is expected to begin during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, and combat arms Marines could begin receiving the new optic as early as the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. The SCO effort is expected to reach Full Operational Capability three years after a contract is awarded.