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U.S. Army Expands Rifle Production to Remington

by: Matthew Potter
April 25, 2012

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Update — It has been reported that Colt will protest the Army decision to award this contract to Remington. Protests are normally settled within 100 days and no work may be done until it is resolved.

The U.S. Army and most of the rest of the U.S. military and allied nations have been using the M16 rifle since its introduction almost 50 years ago during Vietnam. During the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan the M4 carbine version of the rifle came into heavy use due to its shorter length and lighter weight. The M4 has been primarily produced by Colt.

The U.S. has tried to develop multiple times a new rifle to replace the M16 but no new weapon has gone into production. The most recent try was the XM8 system that saw only the 25mm “Punisher” variant go into use. Dissatisfaction with the M4’s range and accuracy has also led to Special Forces and other select troops using weapons like Hechler-Koch’s SCAR system. Even so the M4 has soldiered on for the last decade in the dust and heat of South West Asia.

Now the U.S. Army has awarded a production contract to Remington Arms for up to 120,000 M4/M4Aq carbines. There were rumors of this contract award earlier this week and yesterday the company issued a press release confirming it.

The initial buy is for 24,000 of the rifle with another 96,000 if all options are exercised. The contract is an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (ID/IQ) one which allows the Army to pick-and-choose how much and when.

The Army is carrying out trials for a new standard rifle with a potential new contest in the future.

The decision to expand production to include Remington is interesting as Colt has made the M4 for many years.

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  1. Army’s M4 Follies Continue | Defense Procurement News on August 20th, 2012 2:03 am

    […] the Army has relied on a sole source for the M4. They do own the technical data and in April awarded a production contract to rival Remington. Colt protested that […]

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