On Monday, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division published a presolicitation notice for a new upper receiver SOCOM can mount on their M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) to convert it from firing 7.62×51mm NATO rounds to the newer 6.5mm intermediate precision rounds.

The change, SOCOM believes, will enhance both the operational range of the weapon, as well as its accuracy for the war fighter. To that end, SOCOM announced plans to pay SASS producer Knights Armament Company $15 million to produce and deliver what they call the 6.5mm Creedmoor Conversion Kits.

“Knights Armament Company has offered to the Government an improved, capability upgrade to the upper receiver assembly for the M110K1 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS). The new upper receiver is 6.5mm Creedmoor (versus 7.62mm, CLIN 0001 on current contract) and provides longer distance shots and increased range.”