Colt, Daniel Defense, FN & Remington Selected to Produce Carbines for Foreign Military Sales

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
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The Department of Defense has selected four companies to manufacture NATO spec ‘commercial off the shelf carbines’ for sale to the US’ international allies. Colt, Daniel Defense, FN and Remington have all been selected to produce the M4 spec carbines. Each of the companies will compete to win batch contract awards within the larger $28,482,840 contact.

The size of each of the orders within the larger $28 million contract is not mentioned but the entirety of the order is to be completed by July 2019. While Colt, FN and Remington are all seasoned government contractors, this marks the smaller Daniel Defense (officially categorised by the government as a ‘small business’) first large-scale carbine production order.

The Department of Defense announcement was posted on the 13th July:

Colt’s Manufacturing, West Hartford, Connecticut (W15QKN-18-D-0105); Daniel Defense,* Black Creek, Georgia (W15QKN-18-D-0106); FN America, Columbia, South Carolina (W15QKN-18-D-0107); and Remington Arms Co., Ilion, New York (W15QKN-18-D-0108), will compete for each order of the $28,482,840 firm-fixed-price contract to fabricate, locate, procure, or otherwise provide 5.56MM North Atlantic Treaty Organization commercial off-the-shelf carbines. Four bids were solicited with four bids received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2019. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Remington welcomed the contract award in a press release, posted on July 25th:

Huntsville, AL Remington is pleased to announce the recent award of a contract to supply the US Army with Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) 5.56mm Carbines.

This is the second significant award for 5.56mm carbines to Remington by the US Army on behalf of key international allies. Remington Chief Executive Officer Anthony Acitelli said of the award: “Remington is proud of our continuing contribution to public safety and our nation’s national security priorities worldwide. “We look forward to continuing our daily dedication to the design, production, and delivery of the highest quality military and law enforcement products for our public safety officers, warfighters, and allies alike.”

None of the other companies have yet posted similar releases. It may be that Remington is the first of the four companies to be awarded a production contract.

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Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

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