New C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns for Canadian army


The Government of Canada’s commitment to equipping the members of the Canadian Armed Forces continues, with the purchase of 3,626 new C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) from Colt Canada, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced on 24 January.


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Colt Canada C6A1 GPMG prototype (Picture source: Canadian MoD)


As the current C6 machine guns (local designation of the Belgian FN MAG) were procured over 30 years ago, the Department of National Defence needs to replace those removed from service due to wear and tear, and others that are reaching the end of their service life. The purchase ensures that the Canadian Armed Forces continue to have a modern and reliable weapon to support training and operations.

This acquisition supplements the 1,148 machine guns that were acquired in 2017, which featured a durable polymer butt stock instead of the current wooden style. The weapons allow soldiers to attach pointing devices and optical sighting systems to help increase operational and tactical effectiveness.

The first deliveries of the new GPMGs are anticipated for late-2020, with final deliveries anticipated in 2023. The value of the contract is $96.97 million (taxes included). The contract was awarded under the Munitions Supply Program administered by Public Services and Procurement Canada. The procurement includes related equipment such as a cleaning and repair kit, spare parts, and sling to carry the weapon.

The C6 GPMG is a critical weapon of the small arms fleet. It is used in a full spectrum of operations by the Canadian Armed Forces. The C6 is mounted on vehicles such as the newly procured Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle and is a core weapon for dismounted operations.


 

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