FN Awarded Contract to Supply Machine Gun Barrels

    240 servicing at Anniston

    Servicing an M240 at Anniston Army Depot (US Army)

    The Department of Defense has awarded FN America a five-year indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract to supply machine gun barrels. The model of gun the barrels will be for was not stated but it is likely for the M240 general purpose machine gun and/or the M249 light machine gun – originally designed by FN. The contract is worth $9.9 million and will run from 2019 through to 2024. The contract was handled by the land and marine sections of the Defense Logistics Agency, the US’ combat logistics support agency, based in Ohio.

    FN America released this short statement on the contract:

    FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery (IDIQ) contract, valued at up to $9.9 million, by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply machine gun barrels over a five-year period ending in 2024. Work will be performed at FN’s Columbia, South Carolina production facility to support the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

    Original caption: “Spc. Mustafa H. Valadanzouj, a San Antonio native, now an M249 machine-gunner with 3rd Platoon, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team along with other 3rd Platoon soldiers survey an area near Gerdab, Afghanistan, April 14, 2011.” US Army photo by SPC Nathan Goodall, public domain.

    Here’s the Department of Defense’s contract award notice:

    FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $9,899,568 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for machine gun barrels.  This was a competitive acquisition with two offers received.  This is a five-year base contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is South Carolina, with a March 28, 2024, performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.  Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2019 through 2024 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7LX-19-D-0116).

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