At this time, it's hard to say who might win the contract. Chances seem good thatGeneral Dynamics
and Smith & Wesson
, which have teamed up to bid on the Army's Modular Handgun System
contract already, will take a shot. Potentially, newly spun-off shooting accessories company Vista Outdoor
, which makesBushnell gun optics
, will compete as well.
With the smallest of these companies, Smith & Wesson, doing $550 million in annual business already, all of them have the size and business scale to handle a contract as big as the M4A1+. At the same time, a win for Smith & Wesson would be a very big deal, potentially doubling annual revenues.
Conversely, General Dynamics or Vista Outdoor (doing $31 billion and $2 billion in annual business, respectively, according to S&P Capital IQ
) would see less of a transformative gain from winning a contract of this size -- but their own
size and scale of operations might give them an advantage in the bidding.