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Why US Special Operations Forces Want Russian Machine Guns

Why would U.S. special operations forces want to manufacture Russian machine guns?

Just watch any video of a conflict such as Iraq and Syria, and the answer becomes clear. Many of the combatants are using Russian or Soviet weapons, or local copies thereof, from rifles to rocket launchers to heavy machine guns mounted on pickups. Which means that when U.S. special operations forces provide some of these groups with weapons, they have to scrounge through the global arms market to buy Russian hardware as well as spare parts.

So U.S. Special Operations Command, which oversees America’s various commando units, has an idea: instead of buying Russian weapons, why not build their own? That’s why SOCOM is asking U.S. companies to come up with a plan to manufacture Russian and other foreign weapons.

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The goal is to “develop an innovative domestic capability to produce fully functioning facsimiles of foreign-made weapons that are equal to or better than what is currently being produced internationally,” according to the SOCOM Small Business Innovation Research proposal .

More specifically, SOCOM wants American companies to explore whether it is feasible to “reverse engineer or re-engineer and domestically produce the following foreign-like weapons: 7.62×54R belt-fed light machine gun that resembles a PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany), and a 12.7×108mm heavy machine gun that resembles a Russian-designed NSV (Nikitin, Sokolov, Volkov).”

Applicants for the research project must produce “five fully functional prototypes, to include firing of live ammunition, of a foreign-like weapon that resembles the form, fit, and function of a Russian-designed NSV 12.7×108mm heavy machine gun.”

However, SOCOM won’t make the process easy by providing assistance such as technical drawings. Interested companies will have to make their …read more

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