Colt’s Manufacturing, an American firearms manufacturer, signed a US military procurement contract to supply Morocco, Jordan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan with up to 10,000 additional M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles, the US Department of Defense announced Thursday, September 20.
Colt’s Manufacturing has won more than $57.72 million for the deal.
According to the US Department of Defense, the deal is estimated to be complete by September 20, 2019. The work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut.
The Colt M4 carbine is a lightweight assault rifle. The M4 carbine’s caliber is 5.56 millimeters. It is air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, and equipped with a shorter barrel and a collapsing stock.
The M4 carbine is a standard firearm for most units in the US military.
Morocco also signed a contract to purchase navy-related systems.
Alliant Techsystems Operations, a supplier of aerospace and defense products, will supply Morocco with the equipment.
The company won more than $12 million for selling “up to 60 Common Munitions Built-In Test Reprogramming Equipment test sets; up to 22 ADU-891(V)1/E adaptor units; up to one lot of spares; and up to two ADU-891(V)3/E adaptor units in support of the Navy, Air Force, and the governments of Morocco, Belgium, Australia, Japan, and Oman,” reads the statement.
The equipment will be produced in Northridge, California, and is expected to be completed in May 2020.
The Common Munitions Bit/Reprogramming Equipment, also known as the CMBRE system, is a munition support-equipment piece used to interface with weapon systems to initiate munitions built-in-tests (BIT), report BIT results, and upload/download flight software. CMBRE is composed of adapter units (ADU) and connected cables.