Barrett Firearms Manufacturing INC. has announced that it has been awarded a five-year $49.9 million contract for the Army Precision Sniper Rifle program.
Barrett will manufacture its signature MARD(Multi-Role Adaptive Design) MK22 MOD rifle for the United States Army. These rifles will be paired with Leupold & Stevens Mark 5 HD Scopes and a sniper-accessory kit. The MK22 will replace several rifles that are currently being used by the program.
The MRAD platform is designed with modularity and precision in mind, the MK22 has even more flexibility than other rifles in this line. It is capable of converting between 7.62x51mm, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum calibers.
In the Army’s budget request for the new rifles, they said that the MRAD rifle platform “increases stand-off distances ensuring overmatch against enemy counter-sniper engagements and increases sniper capability.”
Barrett released a statement on about the contract:
“We are honored to have been awarded the Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Program in addition to SOCOM’s Advanced Sniper Rifle contract. The MK22 is an extremely capable rifle system that meets the demanding requirements of our military branches.” said Joel Miller, Barrett’s Director of Global Military Sales.
In the past, Barrett has released several promotional videos for the MRAD platform. Take a look at the Army’s new sniper rifle: