Singapore selects Colt to Supply Infantry Automatic Rifles 6940

The Singapore Army has selected US based manufacturer Colt’s Infantry Automatic Rifles 6940 (IAR 6940) as the new section automatic weapon (SAW) to replace in-service ST Engineering’s 5.56 mm Ultimax 100 Mk2 light machine gun (LMG).

The contract was awarded after extensive trials and evaluations of various weapon models to determine which best suits the army.

Apart from Colt’s IAR,  Heckler & Koch’s M27 5.56 mm IAR were the contenders in the fray.

Colt’s Infantry Automatic Rifle 6940 was picked as the suitable replacement for ST Engineering’s Ultimax 100, which has been in service with the Singapore military for over 40 years.

About Colt’s Infantry Automatic Rifle 6940 

Colt IAR is a 5.56 mm‐calibre, gas‐operated, air‐cooled, magazine‐fed, selective‐fire weapon that is designed to provide extended periods of fully automatic fire.

Further, the 406 mm long internally chrome‐plated barrel is chambered for the 5.56×45 mm round, its rifling profile six‐groove with a right‐hand twist rate of one turn in 178 mm.

Likely Specifications of Colt’s Infantry Automatic Rifles 6940 

(Source: Open Sources)

Action: Automatic, Gas Operated

Rate of fire: 700 – 1000

Caliber: 223 Remington (5.56×45mm NATO)

Barrel length: 16″

Barrel finish: Matte Black

Barrel type: Round

Grooves: 6

Rate of twist: 1 in 7″

Stock type: Expandable

Stock material: Synthetic

Butt: Plastic

Overall length: 33.5 – 36.75″

Sights:   Flip-up Adjustable

Flip-up Adjustable

Magazine capacity: 20

Magazine type: Detachable box

Weight: 9.4 lbs.