By David Crane
October 2, 2018
Well, this one’s interesting. Looks like Nighforce just got the USSOCOM contract for a military-modified variant of the Nightforce ATACR (Advanced TACtical Rifle) 1-8X24 F1 Riflescope, which is a first-focal-plane scope. The contract’s initially worth a little over $15M (Million), and could potentially go to $21M. Not bad. The USSOCOM-spec ATACR riflescope will sport a custom BDC combat reticle and a FDE (Flat Dark Earth) paint job. SOCOM’s calling it the Squad-Variable Powered Scope (S-VPS). Catchy
DefenseReview (DR) discussed the new contract with DR writer/contributor Jeff Gurwitch to get his thoughts on it, and he likes it. DR and Gurwitch agreed that a first focal plain aka front focal plane 1-8x scope with a good combat reticle is an excellent way to go, and that Nightforce makes a good product. So, we’re on board. That said, we’re VERY interested to see the actual BDC reticle. Hopefully it works well on moving targets. We’ll see.
Defense Review will try to get some some more info on the reticle, and some actual photos of the Squad-Variable Powered Scope (S-VPS)-variant ATACR riflescope, itself, and post a follow-up piece on it.
Anyway, here’s the DoD heads-up on the contract:
“Lightforce (sic) USA Inc.,* Orofina, Idaho, is awarded a $15,760,499 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of Squad-Variable Powered Scopes (S-VPS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. This procurement is for the S-VPS, spare parts and training. The S-VPS is a low-profile, wide-field-of-view, passive scope for near-range engagements out to and beyond the maximum effective range of the weapon system, for small arms employed by special operations forces. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $21,172,435. Work will be performed in Orofino, Idaho, and is expected to be completed by September 2023. Fiscal 2018 procurement (Defense-wide) funding in the amount of $1,512,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-19-D-JQ31).”
Hat tip to Solder Systems Daily (SSD) for alerting us to this one. Nice get.
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