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Columbia-based arms manufacturer wins US Army contract

FN America to supply military with lightweight machine guns
Credit: FN America

COLUMBIA, S.C. — FN America announced today the company has been awarded firm-fixed-price contract to supply the US Army with lightweight machine guns.

The gun, known as the FN M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (M249 SAW), has been a mainstay of the military since 1986 and is in service in over 30 countries around the world.

“We are honored to continue our dedication as a critical partner to the U.S. military and pleased to announce this latest Army contract award for the FN M249 SAW, a flagship design for FN, in service for more than 30 years. The proven design has served the U.S. military, reliably and without fail,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “We look forward to building these machine guns at our production facility in Columbia, South Carolina.”  

FN America is headquartered in McLean, VA, and manufactures weapons in northeast Richland County. In addition to the FN M249 SAW, the company also makes portable firearms, less lethal systems, integrated weapon systems for air, land and sea applications, remote weapon stations, small caliber ammunition, as well as modern and cutting-edge solutions to provide enhanced combat, logistics, maintenance and communication capabilities.

The company also currently holds contracts for the FN M240 medium machine gun and its variants; the FN MK 46, MK 48, MK 17 and MK 20 SSR for USSOCOM, and various other contracts.

Credit: FN America