story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of: Rob Curtis
The Marine Corps has taken the last major step to field the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle to all infantry battalions by the end of next year.
Leaders recently awarded a contract worth up to $23.6 million with the maker of the 5.56mm machine gun, Heckler & Koch Defense of Ashburn, Va. The company plans to begin delivering more than 3,600 IARs to the Corps early next year, said Robert Reidsma, who oversees the IAR program for HK. That’s in addition to 458 of the weapons sent to units beginning late last year as part of an experimental fielding called for by Gen. James Conway, before he retired as commandant in October 2010.
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