Readers following the Individual Carbine solicitation should be aware that the RFP is finally out. Please refer to my previous article for a link to the complete set of documents.
It’s important to note that the RFP does not, in any way, shape or form, cancel or modifies the PIP. The program improvement is alive and well and attempts to resolve some of the more glaring issues with the M4 like the bolt and carrier group. Manufacturer’s or designers have two paths they can take. First, supply some of the requested enhancements to the M4. You may also submit an individual weapon system, as detailed in the RFP.
One or both of those paths are available to you. Participation in any one path does not preclude you from participating in the other or both.
The process is consistent with PEO Soldier’s dual path approach articulated by Col. Tamilio’s Office.