Firearms manufacturer Glock has filed a protest using the government over the Army’s award of a new pistol contract to competitor Sig Sauer, according to documents filed with the Government Accountability Office on Friday.
The move puts the Army’s plans to begin testing its XM17 Modular Handgun System on hold until the complaint is resolved.
The Army announced in January that it would replace the M9 Beretta, soldiers’ sidearm for longer than three decades, which has a modified Sig Sauer P320.
Sig Sauer released the P320 in 2014; it is a polymer striker-fired pistol which includes interchangeable grip modules that may also be adjusted in frame size and caliber through the user. And while the weapon could be adapted to shoot 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W ammunition, the Army is opting to stick with the 9mm.
The service first announced the competition to the new pistol back in 2011. Sig Sauer beat out Glock in addition to Smith & Wesson to the up-to-$580 million contract, including weapons, accessories and ammunition being delivered during a period of a decade.
The Army has until June 5, 2017 to answer Glock’s complaint, based on the GAO website.