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Singapore Army Inducts Colt IAR6940E-SG Light Machine Gun (LMG)

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Singapore Army Inducts Colt IAR6940E-SG Light Machine Gun (LMG)

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Singapore Army Inducts Colt IAR6940E-SG Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Singapore Army Inducts Colt IAR6940E-SG Light Machine Gun (LMG)

The Singapore Army has commenced the induction of Colt’s Infantry Automatic Rifle 6940 (IAR6940), designated locally as the IAR6940E-SG, as its new section automatic weapon (SAW). This advanced rifle replaces the long-serving ST Engineering 5.56 mm Ultimax 100 Mk2 light machine gun (LMG), which has been a mainstay since 1982. The transition to the IAR6940 began in April, as announced in a social media post by the Singapore Army on May 20. This move follows a thorough evaluation and procurement process conducted in collaboration with the state-owned Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA).

The LMG comes with several adjustable features that improve ergonomics and a Picatinny Rail which allows for new accessories to be added easily.
The LMG comes with several adjustable features that improve ergonomics and a Picatinny Rail which allows for new accessories to be added easily. (Photo by Singapore Army)

The IAR6940E-SG is a closed-bolt rifle touted for its enhanced lethality, improved ergonomics, and adaptability to better meet the needs of Singaporean soldiers. The rifle is equipped with a suite of advanced sighting systems, including a red dot sight paired with a 3x magnifier scope, which collectively aid in faster and more accurate target acquisition. Further augmenting its operational versatility, the IAR6940E-SG features a multi-purpose laser aiming device (LAD) with four distinct modes: visible laser, infrared laser, infrared illuminator, and white-light torch. These options provide soldiers with enhanced effectiveness across various combat scenarios.

The Colt Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR) 6940E-SG is a closed-bolt rifle with many features that provide enhanced lethality, improved ergonomics and customisation to better suit the needs of soldiers.
The Colt Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR) 6940E-SG is a closed-bolt rifle with many features that provide enhanced lethality, improved ergonomics and customisation to better suit the needs of soldiers. (Photo by Singapore Army)

Ergonomically, the rifle boasts several adjustable features, including a customisable foregrip and an adjustable butt-stock, tailored to enhance soldier comfort and handling. The Picatinny Rail system integrated into the rifle allows for the addition of various accessories, ensuring the weapon’s adaptability to evolving combat requirements. Additionally, ambidextrous fire controls ensure that both left- and right-handed soldiers can operate the rifle with ease. The adoption of the IAR6940E-SG marks a significant modernization step for the Singapore Army, aligning with its continuous efforts to equip its forces with cutting-edge technology.

With the buttstock retracted, the LMG is only 85cm in length (17% shorter than the SAW Ultimax 100). The shorter length makes the LMG more manoeuvrable in tight spaces and is suitable for close quarter combat in urban environment
With the buttstock retracted, the LMG is only 85cm in length (17% shorter than the SAW Ultimax 100). The shorter length makes the LMG more manoeuvrable in tight spaces and is suitable for close quarter combat in urban environment. (Photo by Singapore Army)

The Colt Infantry Automatic Rifle 6940 (commonly shortened to Colt IAR or IAR6940), is a Light Machine Gun designed by Phil Hinckley and manufactured by American firearms manufacturer Colt. Developed as a part of the Infantry Automatic Rifle program in order to “satisfy the role currently played by the FN M249 SAW in a lighter, more man-portable mode” in the United States Marine Corps, the IAR6940 eventually lost out to the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle built by Heckler & Koch. Similar to the CAR-15, from which it shares many fundamental features, the IAR 6940 uses a direct impingement system rather than a gas piston system and includes a large heatsink below the barrel.

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