This entire project is so idiotic it really calls into question how incompetent the military is and how poor the average persons judgment is given so many people still think it’s going to happen.
It makes literally NO sense.
-the entire purpose of small arms is for close range engagements, where higher fire power is what matters. If the target is at a longer range or is armored you would simply call it heavier weapons support as it could be safely used at longer distances. This is why the m14 was replaced by the m16 was replaced by the m4, they got smaller over time. Standardizing this would reduce fire power for long range use that isn’t necessary.
-It doesn’t make sense as a anti-armor rifle either. If the military needs something that pierces body armor, why not use the AP rounds they already have. I also haven’t seen proof the new round can even pierce level 4 body armor, which can reliably stop 7.62 so it’s pointless in that regard too.
-A main rifle equipped for longer ranges is a waste of capabilities. Most infantry aren’t competent to accurately hit human targets at a long distance.
-Combined with the new scope this will be the heaviest service rifle ever made standard. Given that the modern soldiers equipment and loads were already so heavy as back injury being a major issue, adding more pounds onto that is absurd.
It literally makes 0 rational sense for this to become the standard issue rifle replacing the m4. The only possible scenario that could explain it is if there was a major issue of an enemy with sub standard body armor but you wouldn’t want to standardize AP rounds either because you don’t have access to the material or don’t want them to be captured by the enemy and reverse engineered to be used against your own forces. But where would this scenario even realistically happen?
It’s not happening no matter what they say.