H&K has officially been contracted by the United States Marine Corps to replace the M4 carbine with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. According to AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association), the USMC “will be purchasing up to 15,000 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles (IAR) and spare parts from Heckler and Koch (H&K) in Ashburn, Virginia, under a five-year, firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ceiling of $29.4 million.”
The M27 is a variation of the H&K 416 and features a 16″ barrel.
- Caliber: 5.56 NATO
- Barrel: 16″
- Weight: 7.9 lbs empty
- Overall Length: 33″ – 36.3″
- Unit Cost: $3,000
H&K is building a new factory in Georgia just a few miles down the road from Fort Benning. All of the new M27s will be built here in the USA along with countless other weapons to meet the growing demand in the US market.
Bill Dermody of Heckler & Koch discusses the M27 with Guns America’s Clay Martin at SHOT Show 2018 in the video below.