Defence-blog.com reports that the United States Marine Corps intends to receive new suppressors for use with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, M4 Carbine and M4A1 Close Quarter Battle Weapon. The Marine Corps is turning to its trusted supplier – Knight’s Armament Company of Titusville, Florida – to design, develop, build and supply a new generation of suppressors for their small arms. According to a notice on the U.S. government’s main contracting website, "The Government intends to solicit and negotiate with Knight’s Armament Company (KAC)… for up to 25,853, 5.56mm Small Arms Suppressors."
The blog estimates that the KAC Small Arms Suppressor will enable the U.S. Marine Corps to continue to use their existing bayonets, as well as their existing Small Arms Collimators (SAC), Laser Boresights (LBS), and Blank Firing Adapters (BFA), all of which are critical to accuracy and lethality in both training and combat. These items are interoperable with the current Small Arms Suppressor. Interestingly, KAC’s suppressor is designed primarily to be used with the Infantry Automatic Rifle platform, chambered for the 5.56 NATO round and marketed more towards the special operations forces and private military contractor communities than to conventional infantry forces.