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SOCOM Wants To Reverse-Engineer Russian-Style Weapons, And Moscow Is Pissed | Task and Purpose
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SOCOM Wants To Reverse-Engineer Russian-Style Weapons, And Moscow Is Pissed | Task and Purpose

U.S. special operations forces are looking to manufacture their own own Russian-style firearms domestically — and the Russians have responded with an oh hell nyet.

In April 2017, U.S. Special Operations Command dropped a solicitation for a defense contractor with the capability to produce “functioning facsimiles of foreign-made weapons that are equal to or better than what is currently being produced internationally,” according to the solicitation, including a belt-fed PKM-style light machine gun and a 12.7mm heavy machine gun “that resembles a Russian designed NSV.”

The goal of domestic production is simple: cutting unsavory middlemen and shady international arms markets out of the process of snagging foreign hardware to equip allies combatants in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Source: SOCOM Wants To Reverse-Engineer Russian-Style Weapons, And Moscow Is Pissed | Task and Purpose