FN America is Awarded the Contract to supply USSOCOM with Mk46 and Mk48 Light Machine Guns

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, is awarded a $13,450,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of MK46 and MK48 light machine guns, spare parts and engineering services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command.  Work will be performed in Columbia, South Carolina (85 percent); and Herstal, Belgium (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2023.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 defense procurement; fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Defense) funding in the amount of $1,242,235 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) (only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-18-D-JN49).

FN Mk46 Mod 1 Specs:

  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • OPERATION: Open-bolt
  • WEIGHT: 15.44 lb.
  • BARREL LENGTH: 16.3″
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 36.22″
  • EFFECTIVE RANGE: 800m, point target
  • MAXIMUM RANGE: 1,800m
  • RATE OF FIRE: 730 RPM
  • HEIGHT: 9.33″
  • TRIGGER PULL: 7.87 – 15.7 lb.

FN Mk48 Mod 1 Specs:

  • CALIBER: 7.62x51mm NATO
  • OPERATION: Open-bolt
  • WEIGHT: 18.26 lbs
  • BARREL LENGTH: 19.75″
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 39.75″
  • EFFECTIVE RANGE: 800m, point target
  • MAXIMUM RANGE: 3,600m
  • RATE OF FIRE: 730 RPM
  • HEIGHT: 9.33″
  • TRIGGER PULL: 6 – 13 lb.

*Photo courtesy of FN America