In early 2017, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller said he wanted to equip every 0311 rifleman with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). Later that year, the service issued a notice of intent to sole source up to 50,814 M27 IARs from Heckler & Koch. Then, in late April of this year, Marine Corps Systems Command revealed it had entered into a $29.4 million contract with HK for the procurement of up to 15,000 M27 IARs to replace the M249 SAW. Now, however, it appears that Congress is withholding some of the $29.4 million needed to pay for those new rifles.
USMC Awards Heckler & Koch a Contract for the M27 IAR System
Congress Withholds M27 Funding
According to the Marine Corps Times, language included in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act withholds 20 percent of the funding for new M27 IAR buys. The reason? The House of Representatives subcommittee on Tactical Air Land in …Read the Rest
Source:: Tactical Life