9mm SIGs for the World: 2009-2012
The US DoD recently announced a 3-year, firm-fixed-price $353.7 million contract to Sig Sauer, Inc. in Exeter, NH. This contract covers Sig Sauer’s P226 and P228 pistols, as well as contractor furnished spare parts. Work is to be performed in Exeter, NH, and the contract will run until April 25/12. One bid was solicited, with one bid received.
The P226 lost out to Beretta’s 92F as the US military’s “M9” main sidearm, but the Navy SEALs subsequently adopted it. The P228/ M11 is a compact version that serves with US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps flight crews, as well as criminal investigation units like Army CID, Air Force OSI, and Navy CIS. Pistol reviews of the SIG P226 9mm and the P228 9mm can be found on The Arms Site.
Inquiries to TACOM Rock Island, IL, who manages the contract, revealed that this particular contract is not targeted at the American military…
Instead, this is a general umbrella contract. Any country around the world can use it to purchase those pistols from Sig Sauer in America, receiving a volume discount price, and a pre-set contract that eliminates legal hassles or delays. Although some models of the P226 and P228 can be chambered for different rounds, including 9x19mm, .40S&W, and .357SIG, this contract covers only 9mm pistols.
The “D” in the contract designation (W52H09-09-D-0158) denotes an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract that will place orders as required, up to the maximum limit. To date, the contract has received 3 delivery orders:
Sept 1/09: A contract modification (W52H09-09-D-0158, P00002) adds SIG’s P226 and P228 pistols to the contract, maximum quantity 300,000 each. Each pistol will include a “Picatinny-style” rail for mounting hardware, SIG-light night sights, 3 magazines (15-round for P226, 13-round for P228), a safety lock, a hard carrying case, and an owner’s manual in English.
Also issues delivery order #0003 covering 31 P228 pistols as part of the modification, but a separate document describes 51 P226 pistols and 31 P228s for Ecuador, total cost $48,190.
June 9/09: Another 43,371 of SIG’s SP2022 pistols to Colombia, plus spare parts packages. Total value is $20.3 million (W52H09-09-D-0158, #0002). To be delivered between February 2011 and May 2012.
April 23/09: 55,890 of the polymer-framed SP2022 9mm pistols to Colombia at $439 each, plus spares. Total value is $26.2 million (W52H09-09-D-0158, #0001). To be delivered between July 2009 and February 2011.
Additional Readings and Sources
- DID thanks D.E. Watters of The Gun Zone for his assistance.