The US Army is testing new technology as part of the NGSW Next Generation Weapons Project. Its task is to increase the combat capabilities of soldiers by "forced" stabilization of the rifle barrel when fired.
The AIM Control Enhancer (ACE) system, originally commissioned by the US Special Operations Command, is currently being tested in tandem with NGSW.
The system is attached to the Picatinny rail and is a "mechanical damper" of the soldier's supporting arm. The shooter chooses the target or the direction of fire, after which the system gives the weapon the correct orientation. In fact, it negates the natural vibrations of the hand.
The Small Arms Stabilization Block was presented during the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. Then SOCOM officials said that they are conducting field tests of an ultralight version of the TALOS body armor, or rather, lightweight polyethylene (PE) armor to protect the limbs.
The choice of the army in 2019 fell on the weapon systems of General Dynamics-OTS, AAI Corporation Textron Systems and Sig Sauer as prototypes of NGSW carbines and automatic rifles chambered in 6.8 mm.
More than 600 soldiers and marines took part in testing the weapon. According to the US Army, the tests will last until this summer, after which the final version of small arms and ammunition will be selected.
The NGSW program assumes the adoption of two types of weapons that will replace the M4 carbine and the M249 light machine gun, which are armed with the US Army infantry.