US DoD Awards FN Over $20 Mil For Machine Guns & Barrels

Over the past few weeks, the Department of Defense has awarded Fabrique National two contracts, totaling over $20 million for Mk 46 and 48 machine guns, system engineeing and accessories for USSOCOM and machine gun barrels for the Army and Marine Corps.

Mk 46 – 5.56mm
Mk 48 – 7.62mm
Like SOCOM’s resurrection of the Combat Assault Rifle program earlier this year, we anticipate that this contract will facilitate adoption of the 6.5 CM cartridge. Notice that the contract includes engineering services.

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, is awarded a $13,450,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of MK46 and MK48 light machine guns, spare parts and engineering services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command.  Work will be performed in Columbia, South Carolina (85 percent); and Herstal, Belgium (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2023.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 defense procurement; fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Defense) funding in the amount of $1,242,235 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) (only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-18-D-JN49).

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $7,190,077 firm-fixed price contract for machine gun barrels. This is a three-year base contract with two one-year option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with one offer received. Location of performance is South Carolina, with a Sept. 6, 2021, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2021 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7LX-18-D-0104).


7 Responses to “US DoD Awards FN Over $20 Mil For Machine Guns & Barrels”

  1. Ed says:

    That would be great! You can really shave weight off a MK46. Switching the MK48 to 6.5 sounds even better! Carry a lot more ammo especially if they adopt those plastic casings. Just add a Peq-15, GTG!

  2. jjj0309 says:

    Something is world with the second picture, it sticks out right border of the website.

  3. JG says:

    When does the 4-part documentary mini series victory lap come out on this one?

  4. tcba_joe says:

    “Military buys more of a gun it already has that you can’t buy” doesn’t really have the marketing appeal of “Military adopts the first new standard issue sidearm in 30 years and we want to sell it to you.

    • Aaron says:

      But you can buy a semi-auto m249 and m249 para…? All it will cost you is the price of 8-10 year old used car.