More M2 Machingeguns for the U.S. Military

by: Matthew Potter
December 20, 2010

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The U.S. Department of Defense has developed and bought many different weapon systems over the last seventy years. Some of these are high tech aircraft like the F-22 or the SR-71. They also include communication satellites at over a billion dollars a piece. Some weapons though are so well designed and effective that they remain in production and service for years. That is the situation with the venerable Browning M2 fifty caliber machine gun.

This weapon has served through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm and the fighting since 9/11. It has been used mounted on a tripod, vehicles, aircraft and ships. While the Army has developed a new system there are still tens of thousands of the weapons in use by the U.S. and across the world. General Dynamics (GD) is now the manufacturer for the weapon and have steadily received contracts for new guns, repair and parts.

The latest is a $73 million one to produce new weapons and modify existing systems. The majority of their work will be done at the GD facility in Saco, ME.

Some weapons are just so effective that there is no need to improve upon them or replace them. The M2 certainly falls into that category.

Photo courtesy of Casualty flickr photostream.

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