View Full Version : SOCOM cancels MK 16 SCAR program.
Looks like they are staying with the M4.
They are ordering more SCAR H though.
Somebody might have lobbied hard to keep the M4 in service.
The American Rifleman reported that the MK16 SCAR was canceled and at about the same time Guns and Ammo August 2010 issue is reporting the FNH SCAR has been approved by the USSOCOM.
"This decision authorizes the production and deployment of the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle MK 16 and MK 17, as well as the enhanced grenade launcher module MK 13."
This is the first new assault rifle procured by the U.S. Military since the M16!
Both are good sources but who is right? I will take the G&A version because I think the SCAR is one awesome rifle. Preferably in 7.62 Nato but 5.56 would be OK. :cool:
SCAR wasn't canceled, they wasn't something other than 5.56
I can see FN scrapping the 16 over time mayhaps. or doing a HUGE push in the civilian market. Maybe they will leave the 16 open till the non SF forces need a new gun...or maybe 6.8 SPC?
FN 5.56 SCAR Retained in USSOCOM's Inventory
(Source: FN Herstal; issued July 7, 2010)
Belgium-based firearms manufacturer FN Herstal hereby refutes the allegations recently found on the web that USSOCOM abandoned the 5.56 version of the SCAR rifle and reconfirms USSOCOM's decision to acquire the full FN SCAR family of weapons, including the 5.56mm rifle.
The FN SCAR family of weapons consists of the 5.56mm SCAR rifle, 7.62mm SCAR rifle and 40mm LV Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (respectively designated as MK 16, MK 17 and MK 13 by USSOCOM). These three components were developed by FN Herstal in close cooperation with USSOCOM and have each met all the operational and fielding tests required by the program.
This resulted in the notification by USSOCOM last May that the full SCAR system entered into Milestone C phase, allowing production and deployment of the full range of SCAR weapons. The 5.56 version will be part of USSOCOM's inventory.
The choice between the 5.56 and the 7.62 caliber will be left to the discretion of each constitutive component of USSOCOM's Joint Command (e.g. Seals, Rangers, Army Special Forces, USMC, AFSOC) depending on their specific missions on today's battlefield.
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