U.S. Army weapon officials just opened a competition for a new 7.62mm Interim Service Combat Rifle to arm infantry units with a weapon potent enough to penetrate enemy body armor.
"The Army has identified a potential gap in the capability of ground forces and infantry to penetrate body armor using existing ammunition. To address this operational need, the Army is looking for an Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) that is capable of defeating emerging threats," according to an Aug. 4 solicitation posted on FedBizOpps.gov.
But not for everybody:
Milley told lawmakers in late May that the Army does not believe that
every soldier needs a 7.62mm rifle. These weapons would be reserved for
the Army's most rapid-deployable infantry units.
"We would probably want to field them with a better-grade weapon that can penetrate this body armor," Milley said.
So, units like (I'd guess) Rangers and Special Forces get them, and possibly as a new SDM rifle for regular units.