Austria Invests In Machine Guns

by: Matthew Potter
May 22, 2009

Category: Austria, Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, Elbit Systems, Events, logistics, production program | RSS 2.0

Defense procurement and contracting often focuses on the big deals but a modern army must purchase all sorts of things from beans, bullets, small arms and support equipment. Austria just signed a twenty-five million Euro (about $37.5 million) contract with Elbit Systems to buy 12.7 mm machine guns and mounts for vehicles. While this may seem like peanuts to a country like the U.S. that spends six hundred billion a year on defense it represents a significant investment for a country that size.

The contract also illustrates how the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan are flowing out into the world. The U.S. invested a lot of money into remotely manned turrets for their HUMVEE and MRAP vehicles. This allowed the crew to remain behind the most effective armor of the vehicle. Of course these systems drive up the cost of what used to be basic vehicles for troop transport and light utility missions.

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