Firearms manufacturer Glock, Inc filed a protest against the U.S. Army’s selection of competitor Sig Sauer to be awarded the newest pistol contract, according to documents filed with the Government Accountability Office on February 24.
The Army’s plan to test the XM17 Handgun System will be put on hold until June 5 until the contract protest is resolved.
In January, Sig Sauer received a $580 million contract to provide the Army with modified Sig Sauer P320’s. Included in the order are new weapons, ammunition and accessories, which are to be delivered over a period of ten years.
The handgun contract was for the Modular Handgun System program, which is to replace the service’s Beretta M9.
The M9 Beretta has been the service’s standard firearm since 1985.
Sig Sauer and Glock were the finalists in the competition that was launched in late August 2015 to replace the Beretta M9. Glock submitted its Glock 17 and Glock 19 models for consideration.