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Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR)
Special Operations Forces Combat Rifle (SCR)
SOPMOD Enhanced Carbine (EC)

Critical Design Reviews

On 20 January 2005 the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) conducted the first critical design review for the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) with FN Herstal since the company was awarded the contract 5 November 2004. The purpose of the 3-day meeting was fourfold:

  1. To discuss the SCAR program;
  2. To accelerate the concurrent development of the SCAR Light (the 5.56 mm version) and the Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM);
  3. To test the weapons on the range and to make ergonomic adjustments; and
  4. To make other improvements with the developers and Operators.

SCAR Program Managers began a process with FN that was to continue throughout the SCAR developmental process, having fired prototypes on the range and having met to review each element of the weapons. Throughout the meetings, the developer worked side-by-side with the Operators for an iterative design process. The team was able to make immediate changes and improvements to prototypes and designs. Operators tested the weapons on the range to gauge the initial capabilities of what they had previously outlined in the requirements.

Specifically, the Critical Design Team's objectives were:

  1. To discuss all aspects of the SCAR program;
  2. To accelerate the development of SCAR-H to concurrent fielding with SCAR-L and EGLM;
  3. To cover in detail the Engineering Change Proposals (ECP's) and make ergonomic and other improvements side by side with the developers and the Operators;
  4. To conduct live fire familiarization with both the SCAR-L and SCAR-H especially for those personnel who had not had the opportunity to fire them before;
  5. To conduct a live fire debut of the SCAR-H (prototype), which none of the Government team had fired before; and
  6. To officially represent the program for a visiting Congressional delegation.

Upon conclusion, FN Herstal delivered a modified mockup prototype within 24-hours based on discussions.

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