By DAN LAMOTHE
Published: 2 Dec 2009 12:51
Courtesy of Defense News & Backwater Tactical Weekly
The U.S. Marine Corps has selected the infantry automatic rifle made by Heckler & Koch as the weapon that will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in infantry fire teams, a senior service official told Marine Corps Times on Wednesday.
The H&K IAR "was truly the best in the class on multiple levels and will finally allow the billet of automatic rifleman to be performed as intended without the disruption of the squad integrity that the M249 created," Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeffrey Eby, the Corps' senior gunner, said in an e-mail.
The final contract competition also included two models from Colt Defense LLC and one model from FN Herstal.
Like the SAW, each IAR finalist is built for 5.56mm ammunition. Unlike the SAW, they are not de
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