PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Kori Phillips (left), a U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) systems management engineer, shows Gabriel Camarillo, Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies program's lightweight machine gun during a tour of Picatinny Feb. 26.
In development at Picatinny, in conjunction with AAI Textron, the system was designed to maximize reductions in Soldier load. It could reduce the weight of small arms ammunition by nearly 40 percent and provide a potential replacement for the SAW that weighs half as much as the current M249.
"When you work together as seamlessly as they do here at Picatinny you can accomplish great things," said Camarillo during the visit. "What I was impressed by was how closely the PEOs (Program Executive Offices) and PMs (Project Managers) work hand-in-hand with ARDEC - and obviously with DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) and the contracting folks, everybody who's here, really -- works very closely, along with industry to accomplish great things for our Warfighters."