FN awarded $84.6 million machine gun contract

The U.S. Army awarded FN America a contract to build M240 machine guns and parts for four 1-year ordering periods with a total value not to exceed $84.6 million.

The M240 is a medium machine gun chambered for 7.62mm NATO and serves in numerous platforms and variants for the U.S. military. The contract — approved Dec. 9 but announced Jan. 5 — covers models B, C, D and H.

FN has produced more than two million firearms for the U.S. military since 1989 at its Columbia, South Carolina, facility, said FN’s president and chief executive officer Mark Cherpes.

“We are extremely proud of the high quality and reliable firearms we build for our service men and women and look forward to continuing this tradition,” he said.

FN America is subsidiary of FN Herstal S.A. in Herstal, Belgium, which is owned by The Herstal Group, also in Belgium, and the sistered company to Browning North America in Morgan, Utah.

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