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.