$68M to FN Manufacturing for U.S. Army M249 Machine Guns
FN Manufacutring will perform the work in Columbia, with an estimated completion date of July 24/14. 1 bid solicited with 1 bid received by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Joint Munitions & Lethality Contracting Center at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (W15QKN-09-D-0019).
FN’s 5.56mm M249 was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1984 to replace the 7.62mm M60 Machine Gun…
According to Globalsecurity.org, the M249 is a fully-automatic, gas-operated, magazine or belt-fed, individual weapon. It is an infantry weapon used in 2 roles, automatic rifle and light machine gun. It can be fired from the shoulder, hand-held or from the integral bipod. It is equipped with Army-standard “Picatinny Rails” to quickly mount optics, target illuminators, and other devices without special tools, and has an optional short barrel for close-quarters operations.
The M249 also serves with the US Marines, and with a number of other militaries around the world. “IAR What IAR: The USMC’s SAW Substitution” discusses the U.S. Marine Corps’ recent decision to move away from the M249.