FN responds to the cancellation SOCOM's SCAR order

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

USSOCOM’s decision to cancel the transition from the M4 to the FN SCAR Mk. 16 must have been the worst PR disaster to hit FN for quite some time. The FN SCAR was being proclaimed as the preferred rifle of the elite warriors of a superpower. It is now the rifle which was dropped by the elite.

FNH USA found themselves in the unfortunate position where they could not afford to not release a statement but also could not afford to annoy their biggest customer, so they did what any other firm would do in their position: say a lot without saying anything at all …

(McLean, Va.) July 1, 2010. FNH USA is cautious in releasing any information due to the nature of the pledge to our customers.

We can, however, reiterate that the MK 16 (5.56mm variant), MK 17 (7.62mm variant) and the MK 13 Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (40mm), which make up the SCAR family of weapons, have each met, and in our opinion exceeded, all of the USSOCOM program requirements. It is also a matter of record that the SCAR has been proven to be superior to existing legacy assault rifles after numerous Department of Defense tests in both lab and field environments.

FNH USA believes the fact that the SCAR program recently passed Milestone C and was determined to be operationally effective / operationally suitable (OE/OS) for fielding, highlights the tremendous capability the weapons system offers deployed special operators.

FNH USA believes the issue is not whether the SCAR, and specifically the MK 16 variant, is the superior weapon system available today …it has already been proven to be just that. The issue is whether or not the requirement for a 5.56mm replacement outweighs the numerous other requirements competing for the customers’ limited budget. That is a question that will only be determined by the customer.

While we know that the MK 17, to include the “common receiver” and corresponding 5.56mm conversion kit is an option, other Services and SOF components will have the ability to procure the MK 16 stand-alone rifle under the contract if it better meets their mission requirements.

In conclusion, the management and employees of FN are proud to provide this generation of special operators their first, entirely new assault rifle that meets and, in our opinion, exceeds the demands of today’s battlefield.

USSOCOM will still be buying the 7.62mm SCAR Mk.17 but as a designated marksmen rifle it will be purchased in much lower numbers that the 5.56mm Mk. 16.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Jim Starek Jim Starek on Oct 27, 2013

    I worked as the new equipment tng NCO for my SF unit and conducted the evaluations on the scar. The 17 was preferred over the 16 for It's lethality firing 7.62. The majority of the operators did not deem the 16 as being superior to the M4 and would rather keep the M4 then switch to the scar 16. I am retired now, hope I didn't break any code of silence on this. My comments are true and to the fact. de oppresso liber

  • AE AE on Jul 03, 2014

    Do I think the AR-platform makes more sense due to improvements, a wealth of parts and accessories, and the familiarity in the military already? Yes! Do I think the SCAR was dumped because the AR-platform is far superior ... not so much. America has wanted American made main battle rifles (from American companies) since the switch from the Krag-Jorgensen to the Springfield M1903. With the advancements to the M16/M4 platform it just made sense to stay American.

    • Gunny Gunny on Aug 09, 2014

      @AE THEYRE MADE IN AMERICA HO-LY SHIT PRIVATE, DID YOUR MOM GUZZLE NUCLEAR WASTE DICK SPEW FROM YOUR GUTTER LIZARD FATHER WHILE CARRYING YOU IN WOMB OR ARE YOU JUST PRETENDING TO BE THIS OUT-FUCKING STANDINGLY RETARDED? /gunny voice

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