Colt awarded contract for M240B machine guns

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Colt have won a contract worth $126 million to manufacturer the FN designed M240B machine gun, the standard medium caliber machine gun of the Army and Marines.

Colt Defense, LLC., West Hartford, Conn., was awarded on Sept. 25, 2009 a
$32,143,048 firm-fixed-price contract for M240B machine guns. Work is to be
performed in Hartford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31,
2015. Bid solicitation was open to the Firms in the U.S. and Canada with two
bids received. TACOM-RI, CCTA-AR-SA, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting
activity (W56HZV-09-D-0175).

Daniel Watters, an expert on military procurement, told me that the military have been trying to maintain, or expand, the small arms production industrial base by procuring from second sources.

A mounted M240B

A big thank you to Daniel Watters for the info.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Sven Ortmann Sven Ortmann on Oct 06, 2009

    If you want it light here it is..
    The arms you mention are not equals to the 240.
    I will take what Ramsey says.
    As for remtek I don’t care about them.
    The man that wrote the review has the clout."

    True, most of the machine guns on my list are not equals to the M240 - they're superior.

    About the Mk.48; I've heard some *disappointed* reports about that one concerning durability.

    About the author Kokalis: Opinions about him are *mixed*.

  • Reaper Reaper on Nov 14, 2009

    Sven, consider what the M240 is day and night better than its predecessor, the M60.

    I have to agree that the PKM, MG3, Vz.59 and SS77 are equal if not superior weapons in many aspects. I've always had a love for the MG3 for some reason, though you cannot beat the rugged PKM (a weapon also designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov that currently being assembled by Vltor), which was popular with private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan when I was there.

    on a side note: adopting the 6.5x39 grendel cartridge would free up the logistical challenge of equipping ammunition to troops rapidly throughout modern war zones. Despite the cartridges weighing more than 5.56mm counterparts, they are more effective and longer ranged for use against human targets and are proven to be ballistically superior to the 7.62 NATO (308) while retaining considerably less recoil. In my opinion, the US military should phase out all cartridges for the 6.5x39mm Grendel for carbines, assault rifles, and machine guns.