Ongoing demand for machine guns has resulted in the US Army taking bids for production of M240 machine guns. Most recently, FN America has won a contract to produce the weapons:
FN AMERICA WINS CONTRACT TO BUILD M240 MACHINE GUNS AND SPARE RECEIVERS FOR THE U.S. ARMY
(McLean, VA – January 5, 2015) FN America announced today that it has received a new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Department of the Army to build M240 B, C, D and H machine guns and spare receivers for the U.S. Army. The contract, awarded on December 9, 2014, includes four one-year ordering periods with a total value not to exceed $84.6 million.
“We are pleased that FN America has been selected to produce the M240 family of machine guns for the U.S. Army,” said Mark Cherpes, FN America President and CEO. “Since 1989, FN has produced more than two million firearms for the U.S. military at our Columbia, SC manufacturing facility. 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.”
In addition to the M240 family of machine guns, FN America also produces M4/M4A1 carbines, M16 rifles, MK19 grenade machine guns, M249 SAWs and the MK46 and MK48 machine guns.
The original M240 was adopted in the late 1970s as a mounted weapon to replace the problematic short-action M73 and M219 7.62mm and M85 .50 caliber machine guns. The M240B was selected in the 1990s to replace the M60 machine gun in US Army service. The M240C is a specialized coaxial model with right-hand feeding for the LAV-25 and Bradley, while the M240D and H are aircraft machine guns.