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Weapons maker wants SOCOM to heed Trump’s ‘Buy American’ edict. | Tampa Bay Times
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Weapons maker wants SOCOM to heed Trump’s ‘Buy American’ edict. | Tampa Bay Times

When the military is purchasing weapons and ammunition for foreign partners like those fighting the so-called Islamic State, the cheapest option isn’t always the best, some arms makers say.

It’s a long-standing concern, one raised again recently by a weapons manufacturer who says her American-manufactured rocket-propelled grenade launchers are far superior to those purchased in April by U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.

“I wouldn’t let my kid fire one of the ones SOCom just bought if they offered me $10 million,” said Merriellyn Kett, owner of RR Defense Systems, a Chicago-based maker of RPG-7s and other weapons. Instead, she said, the command should buy American.

Source: Weapons maker wants SOCom to heed Trump’s ‘Buy American’ edict. | Tampa Bay Times