The Barrett MRAD or Multi-role Adaptive Design is a bolt-action sniper rifle that was designed by Barrett to meet the requirements of the SOCOM PSR
The US Army plans to purchase several thousand state-of-the-art sniper rifles for soldiers over the next five years, service officials have confirmed. In a petition published last week by the Army Contracting Command, the Project Director announced his intention to officially purchase the much-heralded, multi-function adaptive design rifle from firearms manufacturer Barrett.
While the Army had previously moved to purchasing 536 MRAD sniper systems for about $ 10.13 million under its own precision sniper rifle program, an Executive Office spokesman said the service now plans to the purchase of “approximately 2,800” PSR systems in the next five years. “The Army plans to purchase multirole adaptive rifle (MRAD) systems for foreign military sales and precision sniper rifle (PSR) systems for Army snipers and EOD personnel,” the spokesman said. The Army is officially buying the sniper rifle that the entire American military wants.
In March 2019, the United States Special Operations Command awarded a $ 49.9 million contract to Barrett to adopt the MRAD – chambered in 7.62 × 51mm NATO, .300 Norma Magnum and .338 Norma Magnum with the help of a conversion kit – as part of the advanced sniper rifle program. According to officials, the Army is now limited to adapting the rifle selected under the SOCOM ASR program because the original rifle selected for the PSR program, the Remington MSR Mk21, did not meet SOCOM requirements. According to the budget justification documents, the Army now intends to replace the rifle systems.