New Machine Guns for Canadian Armed Forces
The Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan has announced the purchase of 3,626 new C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns from Colt Canada.
As the current C6 machine guns were procured over 30 years ago, the Department of National Defence needs to replace those removed from service due to wear and tear, and others that are reaching the end of their service life.
This acquisition supplements the 1,148 machine guns that were acquired in 2017, which featured a durable polymer butt stock instead of the current wooden style. The weapons allow soldiers to attach pointing devices and optical sighting systems to help increase operational and tactical effectiveness.