Air Force fielding new rifle to Airmen

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  • By Brian Brackens
  • Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Public Affairs

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Small Arms Program Office is in the final phase of delivering the Squad Designated Marksmanship Rifle (SDMR) to units across the U.S. Air Force. 

Made by Heckler & Koch, the semi-automatic, 7.62x51mm caliber rifle is designed for missions requiring combat over-watch, and provides units with precision-fire capability to accurately engage targets up to 600 meters.  

First fielded to Air Force units this year, the rifle is a multi-role asset, and is set to meet multiple missions taking place around the world.

It will replace legacy M24 Sniper Weapon Systems for Security Forces Defenders performing Base Defense Operations in-garrison and in Contingency support.

The SDMR is lighter weight in comparison to other 7.62 platforms and will also replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems rifle for Pararescuemen and Guardian Angels, saving them 5lbs in gear while out on mission. 

Finally, the SDMR’s precision-fire capability will be wielded by Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians to eliminate small munitions in their Standoff Munition Disruption activities. 

In total, 1,464 SDMRs have been purchased and will be distributed across the Air Force based on approved allowances. 

“We’re excited to field this incredible weapon system,” said Matthew Hamer, Small Arms Program Office lead. “Being able to field one solution that can effectively achieve multiple missions epitomizes Air Force Acquisition strategies and shows Airmen ability to adapt to any situation.”  


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