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FN Herstal gains IDIQ contract to provide Norwegian Army with light machine guns

27th October 2021 - 17:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FN Herstal will provide between 1,000 and 4,000 LWMGs to the Norwegian Army. (Photo: FN Herstal)

Norwegian Defence Material Agency orders up to 4,000 lightweight machine guns from Belgian company FN Herstal.

The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) awarded an IDIQ contract to FN Herstal to provide the Norwegian Armed Forces with newly manufactured 7.62x51mm light machine guns.

The agreement was formally announced on October 26 on the official EU database, but the contract award was decided in June 2021.

FN Herstal will supply Norway with lightweight machine guns (LWMGs) plus spare parts, tools and other materials in a seven-year baseline framework agreement with options for an additional 20 years.

The contract calls for up to 1,000 machine guns with the possibility of an additional 3,000. Likewise, the value may range from NOK100 million to NOK700 million ($11.89 million to $83 million) over the life of the contract.

The machine guns will be used primarily by Norwegian infantry in various operational conditions. They will be enhanced by optical systems and accessories such as lasers, torches and night vision equipment.

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