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Defense Industry Daily July 08, 2009

Up to $33M to Trijicon for M240B Machine Gun Optics

Trijicon in Wixom, MI won a $33 million not-to-exceed ceiling, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement, delivery, maintenance, and logistical support of the M240B 7.62-mm machine gun day optic (MDO), which is a magnified day optic that mounts onto the M240B. The MDO aids the machine gunner in target detection, recognition, and identification.

This contract is a 5-year contract with a minimum buy of 25 MDO systems within the 1st contract year. Trijicon will perform the work in Wixom and expects to complete it by July 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $16.4 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online, with 2 offers received by the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA (M67854-09-D-1015).

DID has more on the M240B…

The M240B 7.62mm machine gun, produced by Fabrique Nationale, is a fully-automatic, gas-operated, belt-fed, crew-served weapon, notes Globalsecurity.org. The M240 family of machine guns replaces the 40 year old M-60 design. The M240B is the U.S. infantry version, equipped with a folding bi-pod, pintle mount, forestock and accessory rails to mount optics and target illuminators. The pintle mount allows tri-pod and vehicle mounting. The M240C coaxial version is used in U.S. armored vehicles. The M240D/H spade grip version is fielded to Army utility and cargo helicopter units. The M240G is in use by the U.S. Marines. At over 50,000 MRBF (mean rounds between failure) the M240 is one of the most reliable machine guns.

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