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Pentagon awards $119 million contract for new 167,000+ M4 rifles

An M4A1 Carbine sniper rifle mounted on a bipod with the buttstock on a sandbag sit at the ready on Range 66 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Aug. 30, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian Stephenson)

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Columbia’s FN America a new $119 million contract to manufacture the military’s front-line assault rifles, according to the DoD website.

The Belgium-based company located off Old Clemson Road in northeast Columbia is contracted to manufacture more than 167,000 M4 and M4A1 carbines for the next five years.

FN officials could not be reached for comment.

FN, which manufactures weapons and ammunition for a wide spectrum of police agencies, security contractors and others, has been churning out guns and ammo for the U.S. military since 2003.

In 2015, it landed a $77-million U.S. military contract to produce 120,000 weapons, according to the department.

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The company also produces ammunition as well as pistols, shotguns and other tactical weapons and parts for the military and civilian agencies, according to its website.

FN America is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

FN America, which opened its Columbia plant in 1979, is a subsidiary of Belgium’s Fabrique Nationale Herstal, which is also the parent company of Browning International.

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