The U.S. Army Contracting Command recently awarded a $119 million contract to FN America. The contract calls for FN to manufacture and deliver M4/M4A1 carbines through 2025.
FN M4 Carbine Award
Neither the Department of Defense, nor FN America, released very much information regarding this latest large purchase, at least in value, of M4 carbines. Most likely a stop-gap type of purchase, the Army plans to switch to the 6.8 cartridge in the near future. But the Next Generation Squad Automatic rifle contract likely won’t be issued for sometime.
Until then, it appears the tried and true M4 still has a bit more life on the military shelf. And with good reason, it obviously makes the most sense to keep running what all units are trained and equipped with. However, one has to wonder if this solicitation and award means to keep some select units armed with the proven M4. Time will tell.
The award notice stated:
The U.S. Army Contracting Command – New Jersey, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000 on behalf of Project Manager – Solider Lethality (PM SL) awarded a contract, W15QKN-20-D-0006, to FN America, LLC, 797 Old Clemson Rd, Columbia, SC, 29229. This contract is to procure the M4 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0973, Part Number: 939000; and M4A1 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0953, Part Number: 12972700. Award was made 13 February 2020.
For more information, visit fnamerica.com.